Stuck in a side dish rut? Tired of the same old mac and cheese, rice or green bean side dishes? It’s time for something new and different. Beans make an ideal side dish. Their neutral flavor makes them a great way to showcase bold spices and fresh herbs, and they’re a healthy way to incorporate more protein into your meal.  Here are a few of our favorite bean side dishes that won’t leave you bored:


Tuscan Baked Beans

We love baked beans. They’re the perfect side dish to go with nearly anything, but sometimes you need something a little different than traditional sweet and tangy baked beans. Try this Italian version, featuring tomatoes, onions, tons of garlic and topped with crispy, crunchy bread crumbs. A little fresh sage gives this an earthy, deep flavor.


Brussels Sprouts with White Beans and Pecorino

Brussels sprouts are delicious and provide a bountiful side dish. Cook the brussels sprouts until brown, then saute the brussels sprouts, white beans and pecorino together with garlic for added flavor. Voila a side dish of sophistication! Sure to be a hit at any holiday gathering or to make a dinner party more luxurious.

What are your favorite side dishes?

Summertime is the perfect time to try this tasty recipe featuring Randall Pinto Beans.