20 MINUTES: Maharagwe

Serves 6 / This Kenyan staple simply means “beans” in Kiswahili. Serving tips: Serve over hot rice or alone with chapatti or other unleavened bread. To make it a meal, include a salad of chopped red and yellow peppers, tomato, onions, and cilantro, tossed with vinaigrette. View Recipe...

40 MINUTES: Lentil, Mushroom, and Spinach Stew

Serves 6 / Ingredient tip: Grayish-green French lentils stay firm when cooked; red lentils cook quickly but can lose their texture; and brown (often with a greenish cast and simply labeled “lentils”) soften but retain texture when cooked. View Recipe...

23 MINUTES: White Beans with Shrimp and Escarole

Serves 4 / An Italian version of stir-fry, this classic traditionally includes sausage; tempeh or extra-firm tofu make wonderful vegetarian alternatives. Ingredient tip: This recipe uses 1½ cans of white beans; use leftovers in your next pasta sauce, chili, or salad. View Recipe...