Nutritionally, dry beans -- beans that are grown for their seeds (like kidney) rather than their pods (like green beans) -- compare very favorably with meat. Dry beans deliver appreciable amounts of protein, iron, B vitamins and other nutrients found in meat, but they don't have the fat and cholesterol that comes with animal protein. Plus, beans infuse your body with disease-fighting antioxidants, complex carbohydrates that help regulate blood sugar and fiber that helps lower cholesterol and keep hunger in check.
So, wouldn't it be great if beans could masquerade as meat? Well, they can! These Black Bean Burgers are right at home on a bun. Made with canned black beans, each tasty patty has 7 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and just 2 grams of fat. Try making ground beef do that!