Beans for Dessert, and 29 Other Times

You just read an article on how great beans are for you, so you stocked up at the grocery store. Now what?

Beans, lentils, and split peas are essential in a healthy diet. They have 7 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein per half-cup serving. Their fiber helps shuttle cholesterol and other undesirables out of the body, helps you feel full faster, and eat fewer calories overall. Plus, they are great sources of brain-enhancing B vitamins, calcium for bones and teeth, and folic acid.

Here are 30 ways to enjoy beans and their benefits, starting with a sweet red bean concoction:

  1. Thai Red Bean Dessert
  2. Hummus
  3. Pinto bean dip
  4. Added to salsa (black beans are delish)
  5. Pasta E Fagioli
  6. Veggie chili
  7. Lentil soup
  8. Bean burritos
  9. Added to stir-fries (white beans work well)
  10. Added to any soup
  11. Added to marinara sauce (dried red lentils hide well and cook quickly)
  12. Instead of meat in any casserole or stew
  13. Black-Eyed Pea Curry
  14. Blended and mixed with spinach and garlic for a layer in lasagna
  15. Edamame
  16. Baked beans as a side dish
  17. Split pea soup
  18. Red Lentil Dal
  19. 3-Bean salad
  20. Chickpea Ratatouille
  21. Added to salads (Kidney beans and garbanzos are yum)
  22. For breakfast: beans and salsa on toast
  23. Lentil Artichoke Stew
  24. Falafel
  25. Straight out of the can, drained & rinsed… a great snack!
  26. White Bean Spread with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
  27. Mashed and stuffed into pita bread for lunch
  28. Cannellini Beans with Kale
  29. Mixed with finely chopped veggies and low-fat vinaigrette dressing
  30. Mixed with brown rice, salt, and pepper

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