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
steaming.Recipe: White Bean Salad with Asparagus and Artichokes
Fava Beans with Pesto and Cavatappi
This vegetarian main dish shows off summer-fresh fava beans mixed with pasta and pesto. If you can't find them, substitute
fresh lima beans or even thawed frozen edamame. Recipe: Fava Beans with Pesto and Cavatappi
Try these spicy enchiladas (one of our favorite bean recipes) 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.Recipe: Black Bean, Corn, and Zucchini Enchiladas
Portobello and Black Bean Quesadillas
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. Recipe:Portobello and Black Bean Quesadillas
White Beans with Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto
Rustic Mediterranean fare typically features white beans that are cooked with onions, garlic, and fresh herbs. The intensity
of roasted peppers and pesto partner nicely with the mild-flavored beans.Recipe: White Beans with Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto
Falafel with Avocado Spread
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.Recipe: Falafel with Avocado Spread
Black Bean Tacos
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.Recipe: Black Bean Tacos
Baked Gigantes in Tomato Sauce
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.Recipe: Baked Gigantes in Tomato Sauce
Hominy-Pinto Burgers with Roasted Poblano Chiles
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.Recipe: Hominy-Pinto Burgers with Roasted Poblano Chiles
Garbanzo beans, also called chickpeas, are used extensively in Mediterranean, Indian, and Middle Eastern cooking. Balance
the heat in this curry with yogurt and serve with rice.Recipe: Garbanzo-Tomato Curry
Lentil and Rice Pilaf
Add protein to a simple rice pilaf with lentils. In addition to protein, lentils are also a fair source of calcium and iron.
Increase calcium by topping each serving with a dollop of yogurt sauce.Recipe: Lentil and Rice Pilaf
Split Pea-Spinach Dal with Cauliflower
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.Recipe: Split Pea-Spinach Dal with Cauliflower
Cuban Black Bean Patties with Pineapple Rice
To make these hearty bean patties, partially mash the beans before combining with shredded cheese. The pineapple rice is a
refreshing accompaniment for the spicy patties.Recipe: Cuban Black Bean Patties with Pineapple Rice