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 EyesLinguini, Smoky Avocado Sauce, Black Beans, Lime

Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie from A Food Centric LifeVegetarian 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 FoodiddyOrzo Salad with Spicy Buttermilk Dressing

Kashmiri Rajma With Saffron Rice from Divine TasteKashmiri Rajma With Saffron Rice

Bean Burger from ModarettoBean Burger

Vegan Black Bean Veggie Burritos from Vegan PiggyVegan Black Bean Veggie Burritos

Kale Bean Soup from Sweet AmandineKale Bean Soup

Homemade Baked Beans from Pepper & SherryHomemade Baked Beans

Spinach and Kidney Beans (Rajma) Briyani from Aromatic CookingSpinach and Kidney Beans (Rajma) Briyani

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