Easy Black Bean Dip

Easy Black Bean Dip {vegetarian, gluten free, under 10 minutes} - girlheartfood.com

~ Easy Black Bean Dip ~

This Easy Black Bean Dip is creamy, packed full of flavour from chipotle powder and cumin,  and can be made in under 10 minutes!    Plus, it’s made with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand.  It’s delicious with your favourite corn chips or even as a spread for a wrap or sandwich.  You’re gonna want to make this one over and over again! Continue reading

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Chili Pasta Bake

Chili Pasta Bake {One Pot Dinner} - girlheartfood.com

CHILI PASTA BAKE

This one pot Chili Pasta Bake takes about 15-20 minutes of prep and then you just throw  in the oven until it’s bubbling and the cheese is browned.  This one has all the delicious flavours of chili including black beans, beef, pork, tomatoes, cumin and cayenne with the addition of penne pasta.  When it’s all baked, you just garnish as you like.  It’s total comfort food and a recipe you’ll make again and again! Continue reading

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup with Avocado Cilantro Crema

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup with Avocado Cilantro Crema - girlheartfood.com

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup with Avocado cilantro Crema

This Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup with Avocado Cilantro Crema packs all kinds of flavour in one little bowl.  It’s made with simple ingredients like black beans and sweet potato, of course, and spiced up with smoky chipotle peppers.  The avocado crema adds a pretty touch, but does more than that.  The creaminess of the crema balances with the smokiness of the chipotle and it’s just a match made in heaven.  This one will warm ya right up on the coldest of days. Continue reading

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Spiced Black Bean and Sweet Potato Balls {with loads of fresh toppings}

Spiced Black Bean & Sweet Potato Balls - girlheartfood.com

Spiced Black Bean & Sweet Potato Balls – girlheartfood.com

Spiced Black Bean and Sweet Potato Balls

These Spiced Black Bean and Sweet Potato Balls are a great twist on falafel.  Instead of using chickpeas as in a traditional falafel, black beans are used along with sweet potato and a bunch of spices like smoked paprika and cumin.  The balls are then shallow fried and served along with a bunch of fresh ingredients to make a great tasting and filling snack or dinner.

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers with Arugula-Lime Sauce

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burgers with Arugula Lime Sauce

I love a traditional beef burger as much as the next person, but sometimes I want something a little different, a little lighter, and a bit more healthy.  These Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burgers with Arugula-Lime Sauce are so tasty that you won’t even miss the meat!  They are loaded with spices and are low in the fat department.  If you omit the feta cheese, it would not only be vegetarian, but vegan.  You can simply replace the feta with crumbled tofu or just omit all together and they would still be fantastic.

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Turkey, Sausage & Black Bean Chili

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Turkey, Sausage & Black Bean Chili

Who doesn’t love a good ‘ol pot of Turkey, Sausage & Black Bean Chili? It’s absolutely perfect on its own, but can totally make other things even better.  Take fries, for instance…throw some chill on fries with cheese and – BOOM! – chili cheese fries!  You know what else works?  Leftover chili in the morning with a fried egg on top.  Yeap! Breakfast.  Counting the garnishes and side of cornbread, it’s basically all four food groups in one meal and who’s going to complain about that?  Yummy & practical? Love it :)!

Chili is definitely something I make regularly.  I can vary the meat or veg slightly (depending what I have on hand), but it is guaranteed to always be delicious. Just this past weekend I was doing some work outside, it was cold out and to come in to this warm bowl of goodness was awesome.  I made some corn bread to go along with…actually Cheesy Skillet Cornbread, cause how can you have chili without cornbread?  Well, you can, but it is some much better when you got some bread to dunk into.  And, whoever said no to some carbs on the side?  Ummmm….not me :)!  The recipe for the cornbread can be found here and once you’ve made this recipe there’s no going back!

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Corn & Black Bean Quinoa Salad

Corn & Black Bean Quinoa Salad

I typically always have cans of beans in the house.  They are super tasty, super versatile, inexpensive and really good for you!  Usually, I will buy the no salt added variety, but if I can’t get that, I’ll  always rinse & drain the beans anyway.

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Spicy Bean and Turkey Dip

 

Spicy Bean and Turkey Dip

Spicy Bean and Turkey Dip

Who doesn’t love a good dip, especially with a cold beer?  This Spicy Bean and Turkey Dip is a definite crowd pleaser & it’s most certainly a dip that eats like a meal!

Summer is definitely waaay too short!  Given that most of the cooking is done in the slow cooker, you can sit back and chillax while this dip does its thing for a short while.  There’s  a little prep and a lot of pay off!  Now go out on the deck & have a couple of brewskies, or whatever cold beverage floats your boat 🙂 , & this deliciousness will be ready in no time at all!

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