I remember legumes from French class in middle school. But unlike French legumes (any kind of vegetable), the English word legumes refers to beans, peas, and the like. In grade school, you may have referred to them as the “magical fruit”.
Although, not a fruit, legumes could be considered magical. They are typically low in fat and high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. Plus, they are a good source of protein. Combine that with the fact that they have no cholesterol, vegetarians may rely on legumes as a healthy meat substitute.
Don’t get caught up in the fancy name. Legumes can be found everywhere! Dried or canned, legumes are low in cost and versatile.
Mayo Clinic has an easy to read reference guide of common legumes as well as a guide to cooking legumes (can be as simple as opening a can) and ways to reduce gas associated with consuming legumes.
Even though you can substitute another legume in almost any recipe, try these fast, family friendly, and delicious recipes at your next family meal.
Salsa Bean and Rice Burritos
Tuna Salad with Butter Potatoes
Ginger Spaghetti Stir Fry
Cobb Salad with Avocado Cilantro Dressing
Feta Lentil Salad
Tofu and Broccoli Stir-Fry