Different kinds of beans cook at different rates, so it's best to prepare them in separate pans (working in batches if necessary). The salad can be made with just a few types instead of all five, as long as the total amount of dried beans still measures 2 1/2 cups.
Endlessly versatile soups, stews, and chili are an essential part of the vegetarian repertoire. Packed with vegetables, and often filled with protein-rich beans, these meatless recipes can be great starters or a complete meal in a bowl.
To ensure that the lasagna doesn't come out watery, it's important that the greens go in dry. Let all the water evaporate during cooking, and then blot the leaves with a paper towel if necessary after removing them from the saute pan.
Detox Cred: Try to add one more vegetarian entree to your diet each week. Eating more plant-based meals has been proven to lower your weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Brussels sprouts contain compounds that trigger the production of detoxifying enzymes in the liver.
You can make a double batch of roasted tomatoes early in the week (say, for this whole-wheat penne dinner) and save half for this recipe. With the tomatoes already prepared, the rest of the preparation will only take 15 minutes.