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9 Healthy Recipes That Turn a Can of Beans Into a Meal

How to Eat More Beans

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Vegetarian meals can be just as satisfying as meat ones—especially when there are beans involved. In fact, a recent study found that people felt just as full after a bean "meatloaf" as when they ate the real thing. Plus, pulses—which include beans, peas, and lentils—are good for your heart and help you stay slim, just two good reason to eat (lots) more of them. Plus: You also reap these 12 Vegetarian Diet Benefits. Get started with these recipes.

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Layered 7-Bean Salad

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Layer beans, dressing, and veggies in this twist on a mason jar salad from The View from Great Island. (Want more? Try one of these Pretty and Portable Mason Jar Meals.)

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Smoky and Sweet Turkey Chili

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Bean-based meals don't have to be vegetarian. This chili recipe from Food Faith Fitness combines the fiber of beans with the lean protein of turkey. (Want more? Check out these 15 Fantastic Chili Recipes.)

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Black Bean and Potato Nacho Plate

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The classic snack gets elevated from bar food to health food with Oh She Glow's black bean nacho recipe.

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Sweet Potatoes Stuffed with Chipotle Black Bean and Corn Salad

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This oh-so-colorful stuffed sweet potato from Alaska from Scratch will brighten up breakfast, lunch, or dinner time.

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Caribbean Rice and Beans

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Use a rice cooker to make Eat Good 4 Life's Caribbean rice and beans and it'll come together in a flash. (Find out why rice and beans is one of the Top 5 Recipes Every Woman Should Know.)

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Easy Tuscan Bean Soup

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Hearty, comforting, nutritious soup in just half an hour? This easy recipe from The Wanderlust kitchen delivers on all three—and is delicious too.

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Chipotle Inspired Vegan Burrito Bowl

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You could get takeout every time you wanted a burrito bowl. Or you could try Kara Lydon's Chipotle-inspired recipe.

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Black Bean Teriyaki Burger

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Sweet pineapple plus teriyaki sauce plus a delicious black bean burger equals a delicious meal, courtesy of Creme de la Crumb. Then bookmark these Crazy-Good Burger Recipes for a Vegetarian Cookout.

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Avocado Boats

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You choose whether you want your avocado boats, (from Minimalist Baker), with masala-spiced chickpeas or spicy black beans. Either way, it's a delicious healthy meal.

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