The 10 Best Vegan Recipes Made With Lentils, Beans, Chickpeas, and More!
Have you bean wondering what to make with the can of white beans, chickpeas, or the bag of lentils sitting on the top shelf of your pantry? We curated a list of 10 best vegan dishes that call for these ingredients, with recipes including lentil meatballs that taste and look just like the real thing and a black bean burger with a homemade cheese sauce you'll want to have for dinner every night.
Beans are one of the best sources of plant-based protein, known to help repair and grow muscles. They also offer natural fiber, which can help to slow digestion and make you feel fuller longer, promoting healthy weight loss. If you're looking to eat more plant-based and want alternatives to your favorite meat recipes, beans are the well-rounded ingredient that can mimic the texture of burgers, meatballs, meat crumbles, and more. You may not even notice the difference after taking a bite of our vegan sweet potato shepherd's pie!
1. The Best Meatless Meatballs With Eggplant and Lentils
Looking for a delicious alternative to replace your meatballs with red sauce served over a bed of spaghetti? We have the perfect recipe made from eggplant and lentils that is easy to make and still has the richness we all love.
2. Baked Eggplant Casserole with Lentils and Pomegranate Seeds
For a warm, nourishing, easy dish, this recipe also uses eggplant and lentils but crafts them into a delicious baked casserole with bursts of sweet flavor from pomegranate seeds.
3. Vegan Lentil Burger
This low-calorie recipe combines lentils, fresh vegetables, herbs, and seasonings with an egg replacement made with flax seeds to form a patty. It only takes five minutes to prep the recipe and 10 minutes to cook the burger.
4. Vegan Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
Comfort food meets health in this easy vegan sweet potato shepherd's pie made with lentils instead of meat. Lentils are the perfect plant-based protein source to use in this recipe, pairing well with vegetables like carrots, celery, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
5. Vegan "Butter" Chickpeas
Switch up your go-to Indian food favorite with this creamy, delicious, flavorful vegan "butter" chickpeas with rice, parsley, and homemade naan.
Recipe: Vegan "Butter" Chickpeas
6. Chickpea Salad Niçoise with Dairy-Free Lemon Dijon Dressing
One of The Beet's most popular recipes, this niçoise salad is made with chickpeas for a boost of protein, texture, and flavor. It's the perfect salad to serve this summer into fall.
7. Vegan Buffalo Chickpea Salad Sandwich
For an easy-to-make lunch that requires just five minutes to prep and five minutes to cook, enjoy this vegan buffalo chickpea salad sandwich full of heat, texture, and rich flavor.
8. Vegan Black Bean Cheeseburger
There's nothing more delicious than a homemade vegan burger patty and cheese sauce. This black bean burger offers a delicious, meaty texture and is loaded with fiber, helping you feel fuller longer.
Recipe: Vegan Black Bean Cheeseburger
9. White Bean Zucchini Pesto Pasta
Pasta is a joy all year round, but in the summer it's extra special because the dishes are filled with in-season vegetables, turning our favorite meal into a nutritious indulgence. Make this white bean zucchini pesto pasta for your next dinner party.
Recipe: White Bean Zucchini Pesto Pasta
10. Spicy Three-Bean Chili With Tortilla Chips
For the best vegan chili you've ever tasted, make this spicy three-bean chili and serve it with your favorite tortilla chips or fresh baguette.
For more great recipe ideas check the more than 1,000 easy vegan recipes on The Beet.