EatingWell's Middle Eastern Chickpea platterWhen I was a vegan college student trying to get enough protein and calories on a tight budget, almost every meal I whipped up started with beans-vegan chili, vegan burritos, vegan pasta and beans (you get the idea). Now that I'm a busy working mom and a more creative cook, I still embrace the convenience and healthfulness of canned beans.
I mash black beans with salsa for quick tostadas or toss chickpeas with pesto, artichoke hearts and whole-wheat spaghetti for a family-friendly pasta. I feel good knowing that beans are a high-quality source of protein and a good source of heart-healthy dietary fiber. A typical 1⁄2-cup serving provides about 7 grams of protein and up to 7 grams of fiber.
5 budget-friendly bean recipes:
1. Middle Eastern Chickpea Platter- This recipe combines the flavors of two Middle Eastern favorites-hummus and baba ganouj-in one easy dish. Serve it family-style, letting diners take their own favorite combination of ingredients. Serve withRead More »from 5 delicious dinners that wonâ€™t break the bank