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Dinner Tonight, Lunch Tomorrow: Bean Recipes

Tina Rupp

If you can't stomach another night of steam-in-bag veggies and brown rice (snooze alert!), consider a sweet, zesty, fresh salad instead. Fresh tomatoes combine with corn kernels, cilantro and black beans for a hearty fill-em-up salad that even vegetarians will love as a main dish. Marinated salads like this are even better the next day, so it's a good option to pack for lunch, too. Black beans are a bell-ringer here: They're packed with fiber and protein and have a low glycemic index, which means they won't spike anyone's blood sugar and will keep kids full for hours after dinner.

Click here to view the full Southwest Tomato Corn and Black Bean Medley recipe.

Got leftover black beans (or have you just become a black bean believer)? This dip has the same Tex-Mex flavor but whipped up into a creamy dip with no actual cream, thanks to the soft black beans. Send it in the lunch box with some raw veggies and pita chips to kick lunchtime up a notch. BOOM!

Click here to view the full Black Bean Dip recipe.