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Do you have extra cans of cannellini beans in the pantry? Whip up these easy, delicious, and nutritious meals tonight. Cooking with beans offers endless possibilities to enjoy hearty and filling meals with minimal effort, especially the canned varieties. So, don’t be afraid to take a shortcut; you’ll be treated to delicious meals the entire family will love.
1. Healthy Spinach Artichoke Dip
This delicious, healthy spinach artichoke dip is great for gatherings of friends or family or simply for snacks for yourself. It’s made mostly of beans, including cannellini beans, so the base is more nutrition-packed. It’s healthy snacking you won’t feel guilty about.
2. 4 Bean Chili
Whether you’re looking for a meatless Monday inspiration or a hearty meal, this 4 Bean Chili is for you. It’s healthy and filling; it satisfies your tummy, so you won’t miss the meat used in most chili recipes.
3. White Bean Soup
A comforting Italian soup made with cannellini beans, vegetables, garlic, herbs, and optional bacon. This White Bean Soup is a perfect light meal or side dish, and since beans are inexpensive, it’s a healthy and budget-friendly meal.
4. Tuscan Pasta Salad
Tuscan Pasta Salad is a quick and easy summer pasta salad. Adding veggies, beans, and optional cheese makes a tasty pasta dish or side. This dish brings out the Tuscan flavors you love, and it’s guaranteed to become your new favorite.
5. Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans
This is a delicious, easy-to-make recipe for Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans that can be enjoyed as a main course or a side dish to other courses. This recipe uses a can of cannellini beans and other types of beans for a nutritiously good meal that is perfect over baked potatoes.
6. White Bean Hummus
This white bean hummus is a delicious rendition of this beloved, classic dip. Instead of the traditional chickpeas, make this with cannellini beans and navy beans. There is a slight flavor difference, but they’re equally good.
7. Crockpot White Chicken Chili
This Crockpot White Chicken Chili recipe is perfect for dinner any night of the week. It’s perfect on a chilly night when you want a bowl of something warm and comforting. This recipe fits the bill and won’t disappoint in the nutrition department.
8. White Bean Alfredo
If you’re a fan of alfredo sauce, you should try this White Bean Alfredo recipe. It’s wonderfully creamy and dairy-free. Since it’s made with a can of cannellini beans, it’s also nutritious.
9. Leftover Hearty Ham and Cannellini Bean Soup
Try this hearty Leftover Hearty Ham and Cannellini Bean Soup for a comforting, flavor-packed meal. It’s a great recipe that’s perfect for using extra cans of cannellini beans or leftover ham.
10. Mediterranean Bean Salad
This Mediterranean Bean Salad is made with simple and fresh ingredients, but you can toss in a can of cannellini beans for added nutrition. It’s perfect for a light lunch or a side dish for your BBQ night.
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This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.