Healthy Vegetarian Bean Recipes

Find healthy, delicious vegetarian bean recipes including black bean, lentil and edamame recipes. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 13
Think of this vegetarian enchilada casserole as a veggie-packed Mexican-inspired lasagna with corn tortillas standing in for the noodles! If your peppers are mild and you like heat, opt for spicy pico de gallo. This easy vegetarian dinner recipe is sure to become a new family favorite.
By Robin Bashinsky

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Rating: 4.5 stars 90
Make a double batch of this quick vegetarian chili, full of black beans and sweet potatoes, and eat it for lunch the next day or freeze the extras for another night.
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By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Cheesy Black Bean & Quinoa Skillet Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 3
This Southwestern-inspired one-skillet casserole is stuffed with quinoa and plenty of fresh vegetables. Sharp Cheddar cheese flavors the filling and adds a layer of ooey-gooey melted cheese on top.
By Carolyn Casner

Creamy White Bean Soup

Rating: 4 stars 2
This light, creamy white bean soup is richly flavored thanks to plenty of beans, veggies and Parmesan cheese. Blending half of the soup at the end adds its signature creaminess without adding cream.
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By Jasmine Smith

Vegan Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 5 stars 5
Lentils take the place of ground meat and vegan butter adds creaminess to the mashed potatoes in this easy vegan shepherd's pie recipe. If you want to cut down on the cooking time, use precooked lentils and omit most of the vegetable broth, adding some in only if the mixture seems dry.
By Sarah Epperson

Chhole (Chickpea Curry)

Rating: 4.5 stars 51
Made with convenient canned beans, this quick and healthy Indian recipe is an authentic chickpea curry that you can make in minutes. If you want an additional vegetable, stir in some roasted cauliflower florets. Serve with brown basmati rice or warm naan.
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By Shefaly Ravula, PA-C

Cheesy Sweet Potato & Black Bean Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 4
A cozy, cheesy casserole is classic comfort food. We amped up the nutrition by including plenty of nourishing veggies. Black beans provide powerful plant-based protein while the sweet potatoes offer up a healthy dose of vitamin A, an antioxidant important for vision and immunity.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

One-Pot Lentil & Vegetable Soup with Parmesan

Rating: 5 stars 6
This lentil-vegetable soup is packed with kale and tomatoes for a filling, flavorful main dish. If you have it, the Parmesan cheese rind adds nuttiness and gives the broth some body. If you avoid cheese made with rennet, look for vegetarian Parmesan cheese, which is made without it.
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By Paige Grandjean

Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Diet Stew

Rating: 4.5 stars 11
With a focus on vegetables, fiber-rich legumes and healthy fats, this slow-cooker stew fits the bill for those following the Mediterranean diet. Swap out the chickpeas for white beans for a different twist, or try collards or spinach in place of the kale. A drizzle of olive oil to finish pulls together the flavors of this easy vegan crock-pot stew.
By Sarah Epperson

 Spicy Weight-Loss Cabbage Soup

Rating: 5 stars 33
Based on a popular weight-loss plan, this healthy cabbage soup recipe gets tons of flavor and a metabolism-boosting kick from spicy chiles.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Three Sisters Stew

This Three Sisters Stew recipe is easy to make, nutritious and delicious. The Three Sisters are corn, beans and squash, which have been planted together for centuries by Native peoples and have spiritual significance for some. In New Mexico, it is often said that a healthy environment means a healthy culture, which leads to healthy people, and the way these vegetables grow in the garden exemplifies this notion of interconnectedness. The beans climb the cornstalks, the squash leaves shade the soil, limiting weed growth, and the beans fix nitrogen into the soil as well as help stabilize the cornstalks. This stew is perfect for a cold winter day, and wonderful as an encore the next day if you have any leftovers. This recipe is part of our spotlight, There's a Movement to Revitalize Indigenous Cuisines and Knowledge—Here's Why That Matters.
By Lois Ellen Frank, Ph.D.

Vegan Lentil Soup

Rating: 5 stars 6
This vegan lentil soup recipe is packed with fresh ingredients and plenty of lentils that deliver a healthy dose of fiber in each bite. This vegan soup is the perfect cold-weather lunch or healthy dinner the whole family will love.
Julia Levy
By Julia Levy
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Inspiration and Ideas

19 Budget-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes with Beans
Make a delicious, affordable meal with these vegetarian recipes featuring beans. Beans are shelf-stable, budget-friendly and a great source of protein. Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner these recipes are full of other affordable ingredients like eggs and potatoes. Recipes like Stuffed Potatoes with Salsa & Beans and Muffin-Tin Omelets with Bell Pepper, Black Beans & Jack Cheese show off the versatile, flavorful legumes.
23 Flexitarian Dinner Recipes with Beans
As you opt for more plant-based meals, it's important to get enough protein in your diet and beans are a great way to do that.
Black Bean-Quinoa Bowl
Rating: 4 stars 13

This black bean and quinoa bowl has many of the usual hallmarks of a taco salad, minus the fried bowl. We've loaded it up with pico de gallo, fresh cilantro and avocado plus an easy hummus dressing to drizzle on top.