Eat Your Beans
Beans are one of the most nutrient-dense sources of plant protein, not to mention cheap. Celebrate this delicious and easy-to-prepare food by trying a new recipe (National Bean Day on Jan. 6 provides the perfect occasion). Starting with dried beans creates texture and flavor that's far superior to the canned variety. If the recipe calls for cooked beans, soak the beans in plenty of water for four to 12 hours, then cook in a pressure cooker for a few minutes or simmer in a pot until tender (two to six hours depending on the variety). Add salt when cooking is complete so the beans don't toughen up, then use in one of these dishes.