Eat Your Beans

Open a can of black beans and turn it into a delish dish your kids will love.

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Shrimp & Bean Couscous

Tiny couscous -- a Middle Eastern staple -- cooks so fast that you can have this dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes.


Makes: 6 servings

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Five-Layer Party Dip

Make this appetizer when you invite friends over to watch the football game.


Makes: about 14 servings

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Taco Skillet Pie

The jalapeno tomatoes won't be too spicy for your kids; the peppers have been de-seeded to remove most of the heat.


Makes: 6 servings

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Crunchy Bean Salad

Encourage your little ones to count how many kinds of beans are in this side dish.


Makes: 10 side-dish servings

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Cheesy Veggie Quesadilla

For a change of pace, we used feta cheese. But it's also fab with shredded mozzarella, Muenster, or mild cheddar.


Makes: 4 servings

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Black Bean Soup

We snuck in sweet potatoes -- their beta-carotene will give your child's immune system a boost.


Makes: 6 servings



Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the January 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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