I love beans and rely on them daily for a variety of nutrients. There are so many things you can do with them! Here are just a few ideas:
chickpeas (garbanzo beans): mash them in a bowl (cooked ones or canned) and add some chopped celery and onion. Now add vegan mayonnaise (I make my own almond based mayonnaise and there are tons of recipes on eggless mayo on the internet if you can't find vegan mayo in the stores) and mix well. put this mixture in a sandwich as an "egg" salad or add to a garden salad or pasta salad. Chickpeas by themselves are good in garden salads or in chow mein vegetables and noodles over rice. They also go well in a recipe called "chana masala". For a snack, roast them in the oven in a cast iron skillet with oil or in a roaster with oil and add chili powder, garlic, cumin, or paprika.
white beans: I like to have them over toast or with leafy greens and add molasses mixed into them for breakfast. They also work mashed into red potatoes for a high protein mashed potato. Google "white bean mashed potato" for a few good vegan recipes there. another one is white beans added to homemade carrot soup and then blended for a creamy soup. I simply saute some onion, garlic and chopped carrot in a large pot. Add the beans and some ginger powder or fresh ginger. Cover with water or vegetable broth and simmer for twenty minutes until everything is soft (the beans I add are already pre cooked). Add the soup to a blender for a thick creamy soup or eat as is from the pot. White beans also work in spreads. I like this one:
Sometimes I just add some kidney beans to a bowl and add cumin, chili powder, and salsa and have it with corn bread and a salad on the side. Kidney beans go well in crockpot vegan chili with black beans, peppers, garlic, zuchini, stewed tomatoes, mushrooms, etc
I just made homemade baked beans last night with pintos. Really I just added the precooked pintos to a pot and added chopped green pepper and onion. Then I made a bbq sauce: mixed molasses, organic catsup, lime juice, and a pinch of turbinado sugar (maple syrup or other sweetener would work) and added that to the pot and mixed it all together and simmered it for fifteen minutes and it was soooo good!
This is my favorite bean burger (and there are so many bean burger recipes, I highly recommend googling bean burgers to get some ideas): http://plantpoweredkitchen.com/medit...burgers-vegan/
Lentils are good by themselves seasoned with lemon pepper or lemon juice and ground black pepper and added to brown rice with some mushrooms. Red lentils work well in tomato sauce and vegetables over spaghetti to add texture and a boost of protein. Brown lentils can be seasoned with taco seasoning and added to hard shell tacos. Split pea soup is awesome too made simple with split peas, carrots, onion, vegetable broth, lemon juice, paprika and simmered until the peas are soft, then blended in a blender or food processor for a thick rich creamy split pea soup. Four cups of water added to one cup of split peas will yield four to six cups of soup.
I like black beans with chopped and steamed sweet potato and steamed kale and shredded coconut with curry powder, garlic, and cinnamon. This can be added to a flour tortilla and wrapped as a burrito too.
Hope those ideas help! I could go on and on. Oh, and don't forget homemade hummus with chickpeas, tahini, garlic and a few other ingredients. For a lower fat version, use soft cooked carrots instead of tahini and add ginger to the mix. Homemade hummus is VERY addicting so be forewarned lol.