Beans & Legumes

One of the more widely used foods, here you'll find a world of bean and legume recipes! Add favorites like green beans, chickpeas, lentils, kidney or black beans to your soups, pasta and rice dishes, salads, or process them down for a healthy spread. Fresh, canned, or dried, you're sure to find top-notch recipes you'll be eager to prepare and share.

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Split Pea Soup with Ham

Rating: 3.5 stars 671
You'll turn to this split pea soup with ham all winter long—especially when you need to warm up! Use leftover ham to make split pea soup prep even easier.

15-Minute Lentil Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 291
This is a fast, hearty soup for dinner; vegetarians can use vegetable broth.

Taco Casserole

Ground beef, pinto beans, and tomatoes spiced with chili powder bubble under a crunchy, gooey topping of tortilla chips and two cheeses in this quick and easy, kid-friendly casserole.

Slow-Cooked Baked Beans

Rating: 3.5 stars 139
Coated in a glistening sweet-and-spicy sauce, navy beans cook to a creamy consistency while still holding their shape. A bit of bacon lends a rich smokiness to the dish.

Weeknight Vegetarian Chili

Weeknight comfort foods like this one-pan quick chili are a great entryway into eating a more plant-based diet. Switching from a pot to a skillet slashed the cooking time in half for this recipe, and the wider pan surface lets spices and aromatics meld quickly for deep complexity.
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Carrot-Chickpea Burgers

Try this easy plant-based main that will give a whole new meaning to burger night and is also just right for a casual Meatless Monday dinner. Egg, panko, and cooked white rice work together to bind chickpeas and grated carrots together into a sturdy, flippable patty. Minced garlic and cilantro boost the natural earthy flavors of this burger that doesn't need a bun. Serve with lettuce leaves for wrapping.

Vegetable-Bean Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 101
This time of year is filled with fancy fare, so we all need a change of pace during the week. This simple soup is tasty, and extremely gratifying.

Warm Lentil Salad with Poached Eggs

French green lentils and Swiss chard join the aromatic blend of finely diced onion, carrot, and celery known as mirepoix in this hearty salad. It's tossed in a lemony mustard dressing while still warm and finished with fresh parsley, creamy goat cheese, crunchy almonds, and the piece de resistance, poached eggs.

Broiled Yogurt-Marinated Chicken and Chickpeas

In this easy weeknight dinner, chicken thighs get a kick from a quick yogurt-lime marinade before being nestled on a baking sheet with spiced carrots and chickpeas and broiled to perfection. 
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Cashew-Chickpea Salad with Cabbage Slaw

Along with being just plain delicious, this healthy salad is a lesson in synergy: when vitamin C–rich fruits like mandarin oranges and strawberries are eaten with greens and nuts, they help to make the iron in the latter ingredients more bioavailable. 

Cauliflower-and-Lentil Stew with Onion Relish

This fresh take on lentil stew combines the warming spices of garam masala, ginger, and fire-roasted tomatoes with cauliflower, red lentils, and baby kale. A zesty onion relish brightens up this vegan bowl that will keep bellies warm and full on a chilly night.
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30 Ways to Turn Beans, Chickpeas, and Lentils Into Dinner
Legumes are great meat substitutes: They're packed with protein, sustainable, affordable, easy to cook, and delicious. Can you tell that we love them?
Cheesy Lentil-and-Black-Bean Nachos

Despite its traditional game-day look, this glorious spread is nacho average Super Bowl snack. In a huge win for vegetarian sports fans, we swapped ground beef for portobello-mushroom caps stewed with black beans, lentils, and fire-roasted tomatoes.