When you think of bean recipes, do you just think of a big, old-fashioned crock of pintos? Those are delicious, but there’s so much more to versatile, nutrient rich beans! One of the most interesting uses for great northern white beans or pinto beans is to use them on a sandwich or wrap. Here are a few ideas to help liven up your lunch box:

Chile Grilled Cheese with Pinto Bean Spread

Nothing takes you back to your childhood like a warm, gooey grilled cheese sandwich. This sandwich takes the classic nostalgia meal to a very grown-up place, with salsa, poblano peppers melted together with Montery Jack cheese. Spread with pinto beans to add moisture and a sweet smokiness to your sandwich. Pair with some spicy tomato soup for a delicious lunch for kids or grownups.

Creamy Avocado and White Bean Wrap

Wraps are a great way to cut down on all the calories and carbs of bread while still having a satisfying lunch. This wrap mixes beans with smooth avocado and a spicy cabbage slaw for crunch. The creaminess of avocado and beans means you won’t need a fatty dressing like mayo or Ranch. For those who insist it’s not a meal without a little meat, add slices of smoked turkey or leftover rotisserie chicken for a carnivore’s dream.

Open-Faced White Bean, Mozzarella and Prosciutto Sandwich 

This elegant sandwich is perfect for a lady’s lunch or a light brunch. With the mozzarella and prosciutto, it has a decidedly Italian flare, but the creaminess of the white beans, the freshness of the soft cheese and that slight pepperiness from the arugula means this sandwich is completely unforgettable.

What’s your favorite bean sandwich recipe?

Try some of our favorite bean recipes like White Chicken Chili with Great Northern White Beans, Family Ham & Beans or Southwest Black Bean & Quinoa Salad for dinner tonight!