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Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Turkey Pumpkin Chili with black beans and fresh tomatoes makes for a comforting, satisfying and nutritious dinner recipe. You can even batch it to enjoy throughout the cold autumn and winter months!

This isn’t our first go at pumpkin chili on this site. My Pumpkin Chicken Chili, Instant Pot Paleo Pumpkin Chili, and Crock Pot Vegan Pumpkin Chili are all special to me. Each one unique and scrumptious in its own right.

For this autumn’s version of pumpkin chili, we’re going with ground turkey, fresh tomatoes, and black beans. Sometimes I go beans, sometimes I go bean-free. Sometimes I use tomatoes, sometimes I don’t. The beauty of chili is that you can make it entirely your own depending on what you’re craving!

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Double Chocolate Vegan Black Bean Cookies

Double Chocolate Vegan Black Bean Cookies made with 6 simple ingredients! These healthy cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and completely flourless! Whip them up in a food processor (or blender) for an amazingly rich and delicious dessert.

Ready for the alpha omega black bean dessert??

If you’ve pursued my site a time or two, you’ve likely seen a bean-infused dessert or twelve. I’ve made brownies, cookies, even banana bread using black beans or garbanzo beans!

After posting my 6-Ingredient Vegan Peanut Butter Chickpea Cookies and the crowd went wild, I knew, I just KNEW I would need to make a black bean version. And look what we have here!

Double Chocolate Vegan Black Bean Cookies that are..

  • Gluten-free & grain-free 
  • Dairy-free
  • Refined sugar-free
  • Egg-free
  • Oil-Free
  • Flourless
  • …and CRAZY moist, fudgy, and perfectly textured! 

Double Chocolate Vegan Black Bean Cookies - healthy 6-ingredient vegan cookies with no eggs, gluten-free and refined sugar-free! A healthy dessert recipe!

Imagine a cookie and a brownie made sweet, sweet love and the end result was the richest most death-by-chocolate situation that ever did grace your mouth. That is what these black bean cookies are like.

ALSO, there is flexibility with this recipe. You can eat it raw as edible cookie dough, turn them into a batch of brownies, or single-serve brownies.

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Black Bean Corn Salad with Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

Black Bean Corn Salad with lemon poppy seed dressing is a fresh and vibrant side dish perfect for summer gatherings. It can also be used as a condiment for tacos, burrito bowls, or green salads!

I know. Corn.

I know.

Some folks love it, some folks abhor it, some folks love-abhor it because it is fantastically delicious but tends to be heavily genetically modified and – well – void of anything nutritionally meaningful.

Truthfully, I don’t consume corn often because I keep my diet low-inflammatory and choose my sources of inflammation with much scrutiny. BUT I do get a great amount of enjoyment out of the kernel, so I’ll cook with it on occasion. And when I do, I’m sure to get the most bang for my inflammatory buck. 

Meaning, I use it in a way that will bring me great joy. 

For instance: corn salad. Fresh and spunky, magical on, around, or in just about anything.

Corn salad is particularly amazing when combined with black beans, bell pepper, tomato, onion and a homemade lemon poppy seed dressing. Everything comes together in an incredibly fresh, crunchy, creamy, tangy amalgamation to make your taste buds swoon.

one large bowl and two small bowls of black bean corn salad with two forks on the side on a white backdrop

You can make it with fresh corn or canned corn!

How about we whip this out right quick?

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Flourless Chocolate Black Bean Banana Bread

Flourless Black Bean Banana Bread made with everyone’s favorite magical fruit! Naturally sweetened, gluten-free, grain-free, moist and fluffy!

If you’ve been following along my site for a number of years, you may be familiar with my classic bean-infused dessert recipes. Just take for instance, my Black Bean Brownies, Vegan Garbanzo Bean Blondies, Dark Chocolate Chickpea Brownies  or my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bars. My mouth is watering just typing the words.

Suffice it to say, we are not strangers to treats made with the magical fruit.

I had it in my head for many moons to develop a Black Bean Banana Bread recipe, and finally got around to actioning it. The end result? Ultra moist, fluffy, AMAZING chocolate-y rich banana bread that you’d never in a zillion years guess is made with black beans.

Because I have a ton of dry black beans in my pantry, I cooked a big batch and used 1 and ¾ cup in this recipe. You can easily use a 15-ounce can of black beans (or garbanzo beans) instead!

close up black bean banana bread with slices and chocolate chips visible

My favorite part about this black bean banana bread, aside from the fact that it’s a melt-in-your-face depiction of wildly delicious dreams, is that the batter comes together in seconds in the blender. It’s just so easy to prepare!

Some Recipe Highlights:

  • Gluten-Free
  • Flourless
  • Refined Sugar-Free
  • Grain-Free
  • Chocolatey, moist, rich, delicious!

How about we cut right to it??

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Mexican Vegan Black Bean & Sweet Potato Skillet

Color me telepathic, but I have a sneaking suspicion you could use an easy meal using mostly pantry ingredients. 

Sometimes we need cooking to be the easiest thing we’ve done all day or could simply use a win, and this vegan black bean sweet potato skillet is exactly that!

Incorporating basic ingredients you likely already have on hand, you’ll likely not even need to leave the house to make this beauty happen.

Bonus points: this recipe makes a TON of food – great for feeding the whole family or for meal prepping.

Bonus points, the sequel: You can make all sorts of changes to this meal based on what you have on hand!

This colorful, nutritious meal includes sweet potato, black beans, quinoa, bell pepper, onion, garlic, salsa and chili powder. The end result? A hearty meal that’ll tickle the tongue buds and make you feel satisfied.

The best part? This vegan Mexican inspired meal is so easy to prepare. Let’s talk about it!

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How To Cook Dry Black Beans in the Instant Pot

Are you rich in dry black beans and wondering what to do with them?


I’ve got four words for you: Presh er cook er.

In all seriousness, Instant Pot black beans couldn’t be any easier to prepare, and they require so little time compared to cooking dry black beans on the stove top. 

It wasn’t until recently that I began cooking with dry black beans because I couldn’t be bothered to soak them and cook them for a long period of time. The great news is you can prepare dried black beans in your pressure cooker without soaking them first – and it takes no longer than 1 hour! 

But haste: I know some of you don’t have a pressure cooker, so I have included instructions for cooking on the stove top or in a slow cooker as well.

Plus, the cooking process is almost entirely hands off, as you simply set up your pressure cooker and let it do its thing. From start-to-finish it only takes 1 hour to make dry black beans in a pressure cooker.

All your problems solved.

If you enjoy meal prepping, cook for a large family, or enjoy entertaining guests, you’ll love this Instant Pot black beans approach. It makes an enormous batch, and you can easily go bigger if you’d like.

Burritos on repeat? Sounds dreamy!

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Crock Pot Vegan Pumpkin Chili

Vegan Pumpkin Chili with black beans and quinoa is a hearty meal perfect for fall and winter. This meatless chili is easy to adapt using your favorite vegetables and beans.

Made with pureed pumpkin, black beans, quinoa, bell peppers, and diced tomatoes, this easy vegan chili recipe is filling, packed with nutrients and flavor, and is so easy to prepare in your crock pot! 

 I take the ‘set it and forget it’ approach to chili most of the time, rather than preparing it on the stove top. I find slow cooking chili is not only convenient (you literally just dump every last ingredient into your crock pot, go to work, and come home to a fabulous dinner), but it also results in a mega flavorful meal. Because the flavors cook together for so long, the result is completely mouth watering!


Two secret ingredients that make this recipe pop are a touch of pure maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice. The pure maple syrup offsets the acidity from the tomatoes and spice from the bell peppers and chili powder, while the pumpkin pie spice adds marvelous unique warm flavors. 

Perfect for fall, winter, and beyond!

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Ground Turkey Taco Skillet

Ground turkey taco skillet is an easy one-pot meal ready in less than 40 minutes! Make this as a meal prep recipe for work lunches, or toss it together any evening after work.

This one-skillet meal is ready in less than 40 minutes and is flavor-blasted with taco flavor! Ground turkey, onion, sweet potato, black beans, seasoning, cheese, and avocado come together in one skillet for a quick, clean dinner recipe that can be thrown together any night of the week!

These days it seems like 90% of my meals are prepared in a skillet. I’ve determined there’s just no going wrong with fresh vegetables, lean protein, and various flavorings (like onion, garlic, dried herbs and spices, etc). The result is often just what I’m looking for in a good meal: a nice balance of protein, carbs, fat, and fiber while being packed with flavor. 

AND skillet meals are just so quick and easy to make!

So let’s make this one, shall we?

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Chicken Burrito Bowls with Black Beans and Kale

Chicken burrito bowls with black beans, kale, salsa, and brown rice. A super easy meal prep recipe from my cookbook, The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. We’re adding kale to a burrito bowl?! What has the world come to? In all honesty, I add leafy greens to most of my meals, regardless of what it is. I …

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Crispy Avocado Breakfast Tacos

Veggie-packed crispy avocado breakfast tacos with black beans, roasted sweet potato, cauliflower, eggs, and chipotle sauce. This nutritious breakfast taco recipe is perfect for brunch season! This post is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission. Allow me to introduce you to my latest food crush!: Breakfast tacos filled with crispy baked avocado, roasted sweet potato …

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