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As consumers wave goodbye to warm summer days, they begin to look forward to favorite fall foods and seasonal celebrations. Colorful leaves and cooler temperatures signal time for enjoying delicious foods like savory snacks, hearty chilis and warming casseroles that incorporate the flavors of the season. From afterschool snacks, to family meals and tailgate parties, you can help consumers quickly create recipe solutions that are healthy, convenient and affordable with these new Michigan Bean recipes and fall promotion ideas.  

Afterschool Snacks to Help Kids “Use Their Bean”  

White Bean Cookie Dough Dip

Kids will be headed back to school soon for a full day of learning and growing and when they come home, they are usually “starving.” Provide parents and caregivers with some delicious snack ideas that keep kids energized while filling nutrient gaps. One delicious and nutritious option is beans. They are loaded with needed nutrients like protein, fiber, B-vitamins, iron, folate, calcium, potassium and zinc and may promote healthy brain and heart function. 

In addition to being healthy, beans are extremely versatile and can be used to create a variety of kid-friendly snacks like dips, wraps, quesadillas and more. Check out these 2 amazing new recipes that would be perfect to promote in a back-to-school video segment: 

White Bean Cookie Dough Dip – Made with Michigan Cannellini Beans and Almond Butter 

Blueberry Bean Muffins – Can also be made into a bread 

Savor Seasonal Family Meals  

Many consumers enjoy “shopping with the seasons” by buying fruits and vegetables when they grow best. Not only is this practice more sustainable for the environment, but it can also be more sustainable for grocery budgets and healthy living. Michigan Beans are harvested in September and so are many fall favorites like winter squash and pumpkins. Pair nutrient-rich seasonal produce items together in tasty plant-forward recipes to help shoppers savor the season and pump up the nutrition in family meals. These tasty recipes will be popular with both kids and adults:

White Bean, Kale & Roasted Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese – This perfect comfort food is sure to become a new family favorite.  

Turkey, Pumpkin & Bean Chili – Michigan red and black beans combine with pumpkin in this tasty, hearty chili that’s full of good-for-you fiber and vitamin A. Family members can personalize their portion with toppings like avocado, cheese, cilantro or Greek yogurt. 

Tasty Tailgate Parties  

Tailgates may look different around the country, but gathering with friends and family to enjoy food before or during a game is universal! In a 2022 study by Hormel, the best food choices were portable, easy to cook and have a long shelf-life outside of refrigeration. With so many consumers cheering on their favorite teams at tailgate parties, fall is the perfect time to promote recipe ideas and tailgating tips to help drive sales across your stores. Here are some winners: 

Baked Buffalo Bean Dip – There’s no chicken needed in this easy vegetarian buffalo dip. The protein-packed white beans, cheeses, and buffalo sauce are combined and baked to perfection. Simply serve with tortilla chips, celery, or carrots. 

Bean, Heart of Palm & Avocado Salad Jars – These beautiful, jarred salads are tangy, fresh, and flavorful! To eat, simply dump the delicious contents of the jar onto individual plates and enjoy. 

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