Beans are the butt of a thousand jokes, but once you get past their culpable silliness, they're also a fantastic staple food that can be used in a huge number of fantastic recipes. They're even hearty enough to be the main course in this delicious selection of vegetarian dishes. Eat a little healthier this week and experiment with cooking beans in your house!

Linguini, Smoky Avocado Sauce, Black Beans, Lime from Taste with the Eyes

Linguini, Smoky Avocado Sauce, Black Beans, Lime

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie from A Food Centric Life

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie

Vegan Louisiana Red Beans and Rice from What Would Cathy Eat?

Vegan Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing (*not vegan) from Foodiddy

Orzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk DressingKashmiri Rajma With Saffron Rice

Bean Burger from Modaretto

Bean BurgerVegan Black Bean Veggie Burritos

Kale Bean Soup from Sweet Amandine

Kale Bean Soup

Homemade Baked Beans from Pepper & Sherry

Homemade Baked BeansSpinach and Kidney Beans (Rajma) Briyani