Dried Beans & Peas & Chickpea Leftovers

Dried Beans, Peas & Chickpeas –

Oven Roasted Chickpeas
Oven Roasted Chickpeas

General:

  • Add to soups.
  • Add to salads.
  • Mix with some pasta, mayo and fixings for a pasta salad.
  • Try three bean salad, or “whatever” bean salad; homemade, it’s amazing.
  • You can mash almost any cooked bean and mix in with hamburger as a stealthy and healthy stretcher.
  • Use in wraps
  • Mix with vegetables or rice for a side.
  • Whir in the blender with a bit of olive oil, some herbs, even nuts and make a marvelous dip. Add lemon or lime for some zip

Black Beans & Pintos:

  • Black beans and pintos make good “refries” just mush up and heat through, thin a bit if you need to with milk.
  • Black beans and pintos are also great in dips and salsas with a southwestern flavor; add tomato, lime, red and/or green bell pepper, cilantro, garlic and olive oil and a touch of cayenne
  • Use beans as a filling or partial filling for a burrito, taco or quesadilla or your favorite wrap.
  • Give your salad a Southwestern flair and add beans.

Chickpeas/Garbanzos:

  • Chickpeas or Garbanzos are the basis for hummus, puree with olive oil, garlic, tahini and lemon.
  • I just learned from another blogger, Kevin at $4.00 Blogspot, that chickpeas, dry, make great snacks.  I wonder if they could be treated like pumpkin seeds with a brine, either salt or flavored, and a quick toast in the oven.

Lentils: 

  • Add a little cumin, or perhaps a little curry and use as a spread for crackers.

Split Peas:

  • Split pea soup, cold, makes a really good crostini or cracker topping. I know it sounds strange, but the flavor mimics many spreads with fava beans, and old Italian staple.

White Beans:

  • White beans are a great spread for crostini or a side dish if they’re pureed with a touch of olive oil, lemon and rosemary.
  • Marinade whole beans in Italian dressing for a side dish or to add to salad.
  • Puree and heat with a bit of milk or cream, add lemon for a side dish.

I know I’ve only scratched the surface here! What are your favorite things to do with left over beans and legumes?

Comments and discussion always welcome - tell me what you think.

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