Butternut Squash Frijoles (vegan, gf) + GIVEAWAY!

Can you imagine writing an entire vegan cookbook in which every single recipe contains BEANS? I can’t. But Kathy Hester pulled it off beautifully. And it’s not all soups and side dishes, either. From breakfast to dessert, Kathy covers it all. You won’t believe all the creative uses for all kinds of beans. What’s so great about beans? For one, they’re cheap. Plus they’re packed with protein and fiber while being low in fat. And, as Kathy proves in her cookbook titled The Great Vegan Bean Book, beans are versatile.

The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester #vegan #cookbook #recipes #glutenfree

When Kathy invited me to participate in a blog book tour to launch her new cookbook, I jumped at the chance. After all, this isn’t her first rodeo–she also wrote one of my favorite vegan cookbooks, The Vegan Slow Cooker (her Carrot Cake & Zucchini Bread Oatmeal is amazing). The Great Vegan Bean Book is not only chock-full of vegan (and mostly optionally gluten-free) recipes, it’s also loaded with gorgeous photos by the very talented Renée Comet. Being a graphic designer, I appreciate the clean design, too. You’ll also find a handy guide to the many, many bean varieties and the various cooking methods.

Butternut Squash Frijoles recipe from The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester

Today, I get to share a recipe from the book with you! I tested Kathy’s Butternut Squash Frijoles recipe, which is gluten-free, soy-free and optionally oil-free. This unusual refried bean variation adds butternut squash for a unique twist. I am not a fan of refried beans, so I have no idea why I chose to test this particular recipe, but I’m so glad I did! I am definitely a fan. It’s full of really great flavor and can be used in multiple ways–straight up as a side dish, as a burrito/taco filling, and it’s perfect for a Mexican-style layered dip.


Easy layered vegan/GF Mexican dip. The Great Vegan Bean Book by Kathy Hester

To add a just a little heat, I used tomatoes with green chiles, which worked beautifully. I also made my own butternut squash purée rather than using canned, which enhanced the flavor even more. To create an easy layered dip, I started with a base layer of Butternut Squash Frijoles followed by a layer of brown rice with diced tomatoes, then chopped lettuce, fresh chopped tomatoes and avocados and to top it off, chopped cilantro. Hubs loved it and so did I. In fact, I froze the leftover frijoles so I can make the layered dip again for a potluck next week. I know it will be a hit.

Just a few of the recipes that I can’t wait to try:
Coconut Pecan Blondies
Summer Solstice Oven Pesto Risotto

Pineapple Rum Beans over Coconut Lime Sweet Potatoes
Chickpea Greek Salad with Tofu Feta
Heartier Cream of Tomato Soup with White Beans

Kathy has offered to give one lucky reader a free copy of The Great Vegan Bean Book! Rack up several entries with multiple ways to enter below. Winner will be notified and announced on Tuesday, June 25. Open to residents of U.S. and Canada only. Check out the rest of the blog book tour (with more recipes and giveaways!) on Kathy’s blog, Healthy Slow Cooking.

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  1. Johna Heintz says

    I have heard so many good things about Kathy’s book! It would be so amazing to own it! 86lemons…I pin so many of your recipes! Your blueberry oat bars are going to make an appearance at my annual Labor Day party this year! AND…your orange cream smoothie brings me back to my childhood! This was my favorite flavor of ice cream! Your’s is so good!!!

  2. Mason says

    I’m interested in this book because it will add to my repertoire of bean recipes, which as of yet, I have exhausted.

  3. April Deters says

    At first I thought that this cookbook would be too “beany” but then I realized that a lot of vegetarian dishes already contain beans so it’s not too outrageous.

  4. Claudia D. says

    I am super thrilled by this book, and will certainly be trying out this particular recipe! I tend to rely too much on soy products (tofu, tempeh), with the occasional lentil dish. I’m hoping this book will help me find new, great recipes to add to my repertoire.

    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  5. Tomi says

    Thanks for the opportunity to win such cool stuff! Especially excited to enter to win this ccookbook; always looking for new ways to prepare the lovely bean:)

  6. Penelope says

    My vegetarian husband would love this! (And even though I occasionally eat meat, I cook vegetarian 99% of the time.) Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. Maria says

    This is such a different cookbook, and I love beans! I’d love to have this book to learn how to incorporate beans into dishes to make them healthier and whole-food based. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Tonya says

    Wow! Those recipes all sound delicious. I didn’t think a cookbook all about beans could have so much variety– but I am sold. I really want to try the Heartier Cream of Tomato Soup with White Beans recipe. Sounds like such a great winter staple!

  9. teri pastorino says

    i recently had to change my diet to due gluten issues, i have gone mostly plant based but struggling with the ways to prepare beans! this book sounds like a fabulous resource for ways to incorporate them

  10. Sarah S. says

    I love her slow cooker book! This new cookbook is definitely on my list to check out! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  11. says

    I am so intrigued by the idea of using beans for more than just casseroles and burgers – I would love to learn more about other ways to incorporate them into my diet! This particular recipe looks fantastic. I have butternut squash sprouting up in my garden right now!

  12. Stephanie says

    All of the recipes I have seen on her blog tour have looked amazing! Would love to check out the full book

  13. Laura says

    Recently, I’ve grown to love chickpeas so much. I’m missing out on all the other amazing beans out there, and I think this cookbook would help me on that journey!

  14. Ksenia says

    This book looks great! Beans, at least to me, sometimes are a little intimidating, especially if they don’t come in a can, so it would be great to learn how to use them in many different recipes. Plus it would definitely be nice on the wallet, considering how cheap beans are compared to my usual staples of tofu and the like.

  15. Paula says

    That looks like a neat twist on regular refried beans, which I love. Yay for beans & Kathy’s new cookbook!

  16. Ashley says

    I am running out of ideas for beans (most typically, bean burgers!) and would love some inspiration! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  17. Therese Aguirre says

    This sounds great! I’m always looking for new protein recipes, and this would fit the bill! June 25 is my birthday too, so it would be a great present :)

  18. charj says

    What interests me most about this book is the wide variety of recipes. I dd not know that there were so many ways to use beans.

  19. Julie says

    What interest’s me about this book is the many ways that beans can be used in recipes. It would be great to learn some new ways to cook with them and get some new inspiration!!

  20. Susan says

    I use beans all the time since I’m vegan and I love incorporating them in different ways such as black bean brownies, etc. I would love to get more ideas!

  21. Omiya says

    I have heard a lot about this book and all of the sample recipes seem wonderful. I want to eat more beans and less processed soy products. That is why I am interested in this book!!

  22. Omiya says

    Also I subscribed to your site today via Feedly but I am not sure if that is one of the entry options, just letting you know!

  23. Mary S says

    I love Frijoles and butternut squash. Can’t wait to try them together. This sounds like a match made in heaven.

  24. cynthia says

    love beans, but am now ready to take them to the next level. This recipe — and book — are a good way to start!

  25. Beth says

    I’m always looking for unique recipes with flavorful ingredients. I know this cook book would be a wonderful addition to my recipe collection and welcomed by my family.

  26. Cecilia says

    I am dying to check out this book. The recipes I’ve seen look fabulous. We eat a lot of beans in our house.

  27. Jasmine says

    Beans are a staple in my diet as a vegan, and aI have found myself out of ideas for new and delicious recipes. This book would be perfect for spicing up my diet!

  28. Debbie Schwitzer says

    This looks yummy! I absolutely love the taste of butternut squash and I like re-fried beans that have been tweaked! Can’t wait to try this version tonight. Thanks for trying this recipe, Livvy.

  29. karen says

    I adore beans and am trying to cook vegan at least 50% of the time (vegetarian the rest of the time). Always looking for inspiration!

  30. Cary Evans says

    This book has recipes that I can bring to gatherings without worry of breaking someones dietary choices. I think even the carnivores will like the dishes!

  31. says

    Really and truly this book should be called the Great Vegan Bean Feast Book…so many superdelicious recipes and all those exotic beans! I’d love to explore more of those unusual varieties, starting with Rio Zape…”hints of chocolate”! :)

  32. Jenny says

    As a vegan family, we are looking for economical protein meals and have been discussing our desire to incorporate more beans into our diet.

  33. Margot C says

    I love beans and when cooking vegan it’s a hazard to just drift with 3 or 4 of the same stand-by bean techniques. It would be great to expand. like this recipe that you have posted is so clever!

  34. Amber Gillespie says

    I grow a ton of different varieties of dry beans and this book would be prefect to help me figure out what to do with them all winter! Thanks!

  35. Courtney says

    i seem to rely on the same vegan recipes with beans, this book would be great for some inspiration!

  36. Jennifer K says

    We don’t eat enough beans at home and rely too heavily on tofu and veggie meats for protein so this book could be very helpful for us!

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