Beans and legumes are nutritional superstars. Instead of relegating beans to the side dish role, let these vegetarian recipes
be the main player on the plate.
White Bean Salad with Asparagus and Artichokes
Steam baby artichokes and fresh asparagus to combine with the white beans in this colorful springtime salad. This super-quick
main dish salad takes less than 20 minutes to prepare. Slice the radishes, green onions and basil while the vegetables are
Try these spicy enchiladas featuring black beans combined with a sautéed corn-and-zucchini filling that's hearty and satisfying.
Rinsing and draining canned beans reduces the sodium content by about 40 percent.
Sautéed portobellos are delicious in ragouts; as a topping for polenta or pizza; or as a filling for fajitas, tacos, or quesadillas.
The portobello mushroom stands up to the robust flavors in these quesadillas, all the while preserving its own sturdy texture.
Falafel is a Middle Eastern specialty made by deep-frying patties of ground chickpeas. This Latin twist on this dish uses
pinto beans combined with crushed tortilla chips, cilantro, and cumin. The patties are pan-fried in a small amount of oil,
making them lower in fat than traditional falafel.
The protein in these veggie-packed tacos comes from black beans and seitan (wheat gluten), which has a chewy, meatlike texture.
Serve the tacos with the tangy Avocado Salsa–a chunky version of guacamole.
Baked beans take on a whole new identity in this hearty dish featuring gigantes–a Greek version of lima beans–that are baked
in a chunky herbed tomato sauce. If you can't find gigantes, you can substitute large lima beans.
Bean burgers are even better when the beans are processed with hominy and masa harina–the "dough" used to make corn tortillas.
The smokiness of roasted poblanos perfectly complements the southwestern spiciness of the burgers and toppings.
A dal is a classic Indian legume stew that's served in some form with almost every meal. This one features yellow split peas,
spinach and cauliflower and gets its distinctive flavor from cumin, turmeric, and mustard seeds.