The Best of Beans: 14 Health-Boosting Recipes with Legumes

Beans are the perfect pantry food: they’re affordable, long-lasting and packed with plant-based protein. Legumes like black beans, chickpeas and lentils also make healthy sources of fiber, iron and antioxidants.

What’s more, research indicates that people who consume beans regularly have a lower risk of getting cardiovascular disease. Legumes also help stabilize blood sugar levels and may even help prevent diabetes type 2 due to the high fibre content. Dan Buettner’s study into the longest-living people even in the world even suggests that eating one cup of beans a day adds four years to your life expectancy.

To get the most value out of those tiny pods and make them more digestible, you could soak or spout dried beans beforehand. But if that’s too much hassle, a quick rinse will do.

So now that you know the benefits of beans, how can you add more of them to your meals?

Beans are very versatile, and you can make so much more with legumes than just chili and enchiladas. Try these 14 health-boosting recipes to get the best of beans! 

Roasted Cauliflower Burrito Bowls from Pinch of Yum

The Best of Beans: Roasted Cauliflower Burrito Bowl from Pinch of Yum | The Health Sessions

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with Tahini Dressing from Bianca Zapatka

The Best of Beans: Mediterranean Chickpea Salad from Bianca Zapatka | The Health Sessions

Falafel-Pita Sandwich with Hummus Recipe from Monsoon Spice

Falafel-Pita Sandwich with Hummus from Monsoon Spice | The Health Sessions

White Bean Salad with Herb Dressing from Occasionally Eggs

The Best of Beans: White Bean Salad with Herb Dressing from Occasionally Eggs | The Health Sessions

White Beans Burger with Fennel Slaw from Tending the Table

The Best of Beans: White Bean Burger with Fennel Slaw from Tending The Table | The Health Sessions

Greek Chicken Loaded Hummus Bowl from No Spoon Necessary

Greek Chicken Loaded Hummus Bowl from No Spoon Necessary | The Health Sessions

Crockpot White Bean Chicken Soup with Roasted Delicata Squash from Half-baked Harvest

The Best of Beans: Crockpot Parmesan White Bean Chicken Soup from Half-baked Harvest | The Health Sessions

Tagliatelle Puy Lentil Ragu from Cupful of Kale

The Best of Beans: Tagliatelle Puy Lentil Ragu from Cupful of Kale | The Health Sessions

Mojo Salmon Bowls from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

The Best of Beans: Mojo Salmon Bowls from Chelsea's Messy Apron | The Health Sessions

Loaded Potato Skins from Love and Lemons

The Best of Beans: Loaded Potato Skin from Love and Lemons | The Health Sessions

Spring Potato Salad with Asparagus and Peas from Crowded Kitchen

The Best of Beans: Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies from Ambitious Kitchen | The Health Sessions

Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies from Ambitious Kitchen

The Best of Beans: Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies from Ambitious Kitchen | The Health Sessions

Healthy Brownies with Black Beans (Gluten-Free) from Healthy Little Cravings

The Best of Beans: Healthy Brownies with Black Beans from Healthy Little Cravings | The Health Sessions

Chocolate Hummus from Running on Real Food

The Best of Beans: Chocolate Hummus from Running on Real Food | The Health Sessions

What do you love to make with the beans in your pantry? 

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