Beans and lentils are high in protein, so they’re filing without piling on the fat and calories. Combine these legumes with a whole grain and you have a complete protein. They are high in fiber, which lowers cholesterol, and they’re high in complex carbohydrates which helps maintain steady blood sugar and stave off food cravings. Their nutritional make up helps stave off heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers. Beans and lentils can also provide you with some of the cheapest health food you’ll ever find. Always affordable, these protein-packed legumes are a must for meals. Here are 38 recipes to inspire you to cook them for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert. Yes, you can even make outstanding desserts that pack a healthy punch!