Beans go well beyond the few kidneys in your chili. It has been shown to improve your risk of heart disease if you add just ½ cup of beans to your diet each day. There are insanely delicious ways to accomplish this starting with adding canned chick peas to salads to including hummus on every sandwich. They don’t need to play a starring role in the day, even a handful of roasted soybeans as a snack can help. That said, there is nothing like a French inspired cassoulet to warm up a day. This bean dish often has sausage and or poultry stewed in but a vegetarian version is great as a side dish when you have a flexitarian household to keep happy. Here’s a simple cassoulet recipe to get you started.