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White or pea beans.

Also known as navy beans, white beans are the most popular edible bean crop grown in Ontario and are often used in soups, salads and baked bean dishes. Most of these are exported to the United Kingdom for baked beans. The rest are sold domestically.  White beans have been grown in Ontario since the early 1900’s.



10 things to do with a can of beans

With canned beans in your pantry, the culinary possibilities are endless. Here are ten easy ways to incorporate this nutritious and budget-friendly staple into your diet.

  1. Add a handful of black beans to your usual pizza toppings.
  2. Add 1 cup (250 mL) of your favourite beans to spaghetti sauce instead of ground beef. This lowers the fat and increases the fibre.
  3. Add beans to quesadillas along with other fillings you enjoy.
  4. Mix 1/2 cup (125 mL) of black beans into 1 cup (250 mL) of your favourite salsa. Add some chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice for an easy party dip.
  5. Include 1 cup (250 mL) of your favourite beans to any salad for a different twist.
  6. Include 1/3 cup (75 mL) of black, white or Romano beans with an omelette to add protein and fibre.
  7. Add 1/2 cup of beans to soups to increase the protein.
  8. Add 1 cup (250 mL) of beans to 3 cups (750 mL) of rice to make a tasty, complete protein.
  9. Blend a 19 oz (540 mL) can of black or white beans, 1/2 cup (125 mL) ranch dressing, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cumin and 2 cloves of garlic to make a five minute dip.
  10. Mix cornmeal, mashed white beans, brown rice and sunflower seeds together to make bean burger patties.

Find more information and great recipes online at ontariobeans.on.ca.