I want to increase my family's bean/legume consumption and need some simple and yummy recipes. Here is what I have to work with (winter pantry stuff):
red, green, and French lentils
white, red, black, and pinto beans
fresh cabbage, kale
frozen green beans, peas, corn
brown, white, arborio, sushi, and MN wild rice
bacon fat, olive oil, margarine
balsamic, red, cider vinegar
tamari, ketchup, mustard
maple syrup, molasses, honey (small amounts)
salt, pepper, seasoned salt, herbs and spices
I also use various thickeners, GF flours, cornmeal, etc.
We are dairy-free and gluten-free. We are meat-eaters but I'd like to avoid using meat except perhaps in small amounts as flavoring. We have pork, beef, chicken, turkey, and bacon in our freezer -- but I need to stretch it.
Ideally I'd love to come up with as many recipes as possible from these standard ingredients that don't require me to purchase additional items other than perhaps new spices/seasonings.
Help! What would you make? Multiple ideas and recipes are welcome. I've been planning to do this for a long time (years) and finally have some time and attention to do it (as well as the financial incentive.) Thanks.