There are literally thousands of types of legumes to choose from and we love them all (or at least as many as we can name)—here are a few to try.
Be it ever so humble, a legume is any plant species that have seeds pods that split along the sides when ripe—a broad definition that encompasses thousands of beans and peas, varieties of which are cultivated on every continent. Aside from being versatile, plentiful, and cheap (even free if you grow your own), legumes are nutrition powerhouses, bursting with fiber, protein, vitamins and flavor. Ideal for a meatless main dish or a healthy side dish for the carnivores among us, legumes are as versatile in the kitchen as they are in nature. Here are some recipes we love—we think you will too.
This luscious toss of tortellini with crisp pancetta, sweet peas and cheese may have your kids singing your praises.
Smoked chipotle chiles and lime juice power flavor into this dip.
Seasonal maple syrup sweetens this New England version of pho.
Make-ahead lentils are loaded with fiber and antioxidants.
Just a few ingredients lend beef and beans an Asian flavor.
Try this tart bean salad as a side with barbecue pork, chicken or beef at your next grill-out.