The kids are on their way home from school and they are going to be hungry. What do you feed them? Beans are always a great choice!

Beans are packed with protein and other nutrients that won’t only fill them up but also provide them with healthy energy that will help them focus on their homework and still have the energy to go outside and play.

Best of all, beans are extremely versatile. While they are great in soups and salads, beans can also be a vital component in small, simple recipes that can be served up to kids as a light after school snack. Here are a few of our own original recipes as well as a few others we love and would be great to make with Randall Beans. Of course, all of these recipes make for great appetizers for other occasions too!

BBQ Chicken Puff Pastry “Rollitos”

Who doesn’t like BBQ chicken? These cute little “rollitos” from The Cozy Apron are the perfect pop-in-your-mouth snack for those that like a little southwest flavor. You can make this recipe even easier by picking up a rotisserie chicken on your way home. This is also a great recipe for using up leftover chicken breasts from the night before. After that, all you need is some of your favorite BBQ sauce, Randall Beans black beans, cheese and puff pastry. Just be careful, they’re kind of addicting.

Randall Beans White Bean Spread

This creamy white bean spread is one of our own original recipes from our food blogger Nicole. Rich and creamy, but still healthy, this spread is great on crackers and pita and perfect for dipping veggies. Chop up some celery and carrots to serve with this dip using Randall Beans great northern beans as its base. It’s great the next day, and the day after that too. So, be sure to make extra.

Roasted Chickpeas with Parmesan Cheese

Would you ever imagine beans could be the main ingredient in a crunchy after school snack? Well, they can be. This recipe from The Spruce roasts Randall Beans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) to perfection and tosses them with Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and herbs for a light, crunchy snack. High in protein and high in flavor.

Lean Beef and Bean Taquitos

This is another original recipe from Nicole. Baked in an oven instead of fried in fatty oil, these taquito snacks are delicious and save you from food guilt. Black beans and zucchini are mixed with lean ground beef for the filling for extra flavor. Perfect for dipping in hot sauce, salsa, guacamole or sour cream.

We’ve got simple snacks covered, but how about a simple meal? How about a “Dad Dinner”? You don’t need to be a dad to make them either. “Dad Dinners” are just the name we give easily-prepared meals that don’t sacrifice deliciousness. We put together a whole cookbook full of these kinds of recipes, so download your free copy today!

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