Legumes are more than just beans and peas: The diverse family of foods also includes alfalfa, clover, and sprouts; tiny lentils; and the inappropriately named peanut. These plants offer plenty of heart-healthy folate and fiber, and can be a filling substitute for meat. Use these recipes to fit more legumes into your diet.
You'll find gigante beans, a good source of protein, in Mediterranean stores or at specialty food markets. If they aren't available, substitute a white bean such as Great Northern or flageolets.