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Try these 3 delicious and nutritious viral bean recipes

TikTok is going nuts about beans in salads, stews, and dips. They are healthy, flexible, and tasty.

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By House & Garden South Africa | August 9, 2023 | Recipes

Beans are having a bit of a moment on social media, which does not come as a surprise because they are nutritious and delicious. Beans like cannellini beans, butter beans, chickpeas, and more are also versatile because they can add body to a soup, bring plant-based protein to a salad, or provide a tiny crunch.

These TikTok chefs are cooking up a storm that makes us say “cool beans!”

1. Creamy Garlic Cannellini Beans Day 9 of 30 | easy garlic beans, ready in 15 mins! Also added some spinach because its in season 🌱 #easyrecipe #quickrecipe #garlic #beans ♬ original sound - carole

These creamy beans are a great dinner recipe if you are craving cacio e pepe, but don’t want to cook pasta. They are peppery, silky, and the addition of spinach brings a great pop of colour.

2. Spicy Harissa Butter Beans

@georgieeatsuk HARISSA BUTTER BEANS ❤️ recipe ⬇️ INGREDIENTS: ⭐️ olive oil ⭐️ 5 garlic cloves, minced ⭐️ 1 red chilli, seeds removed & finely chopped ⭐️ 3 generous tbsp harissa paste ⭐️ 400g finely chopped tomatoes ⭐️ 2 x 400g tins butter beans ⭐️ 1-2 tbsp red wine vinegar ⭐️ small handful fresh dill, finely chopped ⭐️ sea salt & freshly ground black pepper ⭐️ to serve: vegan yoghurt, extra harissa, crusty bread METHOD: 1️⃣ Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic and chilli and cook for a minute or so, just to soften. Add the harissa paste and cook for a further minute, stirring constantly, until it releases its fragrance. 2️⃣ Pour the chopped tomatoes into the pan and season with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Bring everything to a simmer and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes have reduced slightly. 3️⃣ Add both tins of butter beans, and their liquid, into the pan. Stir well then bring back to a simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced into a silky sauce. Stir through the vinegar, then taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more salt, black pepper or vinegar, if needed. 4️⃣ Pour the butter beans into a bowl and serve topped with a few spoonfuls of yoghurt, extra oil from the harissa jar, a sprinkle of fresh dill and lots of fresh crusty bread. #veganrecipes #healthyeating #veganlunch #vegandinner ♬ Stolen Dance (Instrumental) - Milky Chance

Harissa is a spicy chilli paste native to north west Africa that is full of flavour as well as heat. This recipe is great for meatless Mondays at home when you want something a little hearty that pairs perfectly with freshly baked bread.

3. Summmer bean salad

@frommybowl DILLY WHITE BEAN SALAD 🌱 The salad that will be on repeat this spring and summer. 💚 #vegan #plantbased #veganrecipes #salad ♬ Daydreams - Gentle State

Beans are a great base for a salad if you’re opting for a no-leaf salad. This vegan salad is great for the warmer weather this spring and packs a punch of flavours and colour.