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Meet Lindsay, Our Featured Dietitian!


Lindsay Livingston is a full-time mom and a registered dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. She believes healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive — and beans fit perfectly with her philosophy.

Lindsay’s website, The Lean Green Bean, has delicious, easy recipes for your whole family to enjoy. She has found that beans aren’t just delicious — they’re for the whole family. They are a perfect finger food for her eight-month-old daughter because they help her practice her hand-eye coordination while also being a source of nutrients and fiber.

Substituting beans for meat helps to add more protein and fiber to dishes. Plus, beans are easy to blend and add to things like dips, baked goods, and desserts.

Lindsay is a huge fan of black beans, and her love of Mexican-style dishes tends to pair well with that variety.

photo courtesy of Lindsay Livingston

photo courtesy of Lindsay Livingston

The recipe she chose to share with us is one of her favorites, White Chicken Chili. It’s lighter than a traditional tomato-based chili, is packed with protein, and tastes great in both winter and summer. You can easily make it as spicy as you want to and top it with goodies like cheese and avocado.

Make sure to follow Lindsay on her social media!

Check out her ebooks: “Ultimate Guide to Food Prep” and “Table Talk: Tips and Tricks for Feeding Young Children.”

Meet our Featured Dietitian Lauren Harris-Pincus!


Lauren’s favorite nutrition advice? Think healthy, not skinny. She helps her clients get into that mindset with plenty of healthy eating tips, like adding beans to her meals for more protein and fiber.

In fact, she loves using beans so much that she said she can’t pick a favorite: “It would be like choosing a favorite child!” she says.

The variety she chooses depends on the cuisine she is preparing. She likes chickpeas roasted for protein and fiber-rich snacks. She adds black beans to salads, breakfast burritos, and baked goods. She tosses white beans into chili and salads and mashes them into soups.

Lauren’s private practice in the New York/New Jersey area, where she has practiced for the last 20 years, focuses on patients who need help with weight management and prediabetes. Beans are an integral part of her patients’ meal plans because they are an excellent source of protein and fiber.

Beans help manage blood sugar and provide satiety and are delicious and filling for lunch or dinner. Since beans are high in iron, zinc, folate, and potassium, they are ideal for people who struggle to consume non-fortified foods. Lauren especially loves the iron content because vegetarians have an added challenge meeting their iron needs.

Her website Nutrition Starring You has delicious, healthy recipes and great nutritional advice.

Check out her recipe:

photo courtesy of Lauren Harris-Pincus

photo courtesy of Lauren Harris-Pincus

3 Bean Avocado Salad with Lime Dressing

photo courtesy of Lauren Harris-Pincus

photo courtesy of Lauren Harris-Pincus


Be sure to follow Lauren on her social media:

Lauren also wrote a fantastic cookbook, The Protein-Packed Breakfast Club, available on Amazon.


Kidney Beans: Three Versatile and Delicious Recipes

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Native to Central America and Mexico, these little kidney-shaped beans are a wonderful source of protein and fiber. Several beans are a rich maroon color and have a meaty flavor, which makes them perfect for salads and soups. This popular variety is found almost exclusively in cans.

Light red kidney beans are similar in size and shape to dark red kidneys, and their bright red color dresses them up and makes them a great option for just about any bean dish. Light red kidney beans have an almost worldwide popularity and are much in demand for chili recipes.

I chose three Mexican-themed kidney bean recipes to share with you this month. You can find all of them in our recipe library, and all of them are easy to make, especially if you use canned kidney beans! If using dry kidney beans, make sure to presoak them and to cook them until they are soft.

Bean Burrito

Bean Burritos

Bean Cakes 1

Bean Cakes with Salsa

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Party Tacos




Meet our Featured Dietitian Katie Cavuto!


Ask Katie Cavuto about beans, and she says: “What’s not to love?” This wellness advocate inspires people to live well through self-love, good food, mindfulness, and sustainable, conscious living — and that includes some really delicious recipes, too.

Katie often incorporates beans into her meal prep and batch cooking. Whether she’s using the stove top, pressure cooker, or Crock Pot, she always cooks extra, portions them out, and stores them in the freezer to use later.

She recommends beans to her clients not only because they are nourishing, but because they are packed with fiber, are a great plant-based protein, and offer a slew of good-for-you nutrients like folate, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

Katie loves the simplicity and approachable appeal of black beans and chickpeas, although she finds herself drawn to white beans such as navy and cannellini when she cooks. Creamy and milky, they pair well with most Mediterranean flavors.

Her clients are always asking her for ways to upgrade their pasta, and Katie’s suggestions always include beans. She tells clients to rearrange their plates by focusing their meals around vegetables and adding beans to boost fiber and protein. Even if her clients eat smaller portions of pasta, they’ll still be satisfied thanks to beans.

Here is an easy recipe from Katie:

Saute broccoli, mushrooms, asparagus and zucchini with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add 1 cup of cooked (rinsed and drained if you are using canned) cannellini beans or navy beans and ¾ cup fresh pesto. Add a few cups of cooked pasta and stir it all together. Divide into 4-5 servings. Easy and delicious!

You can find Katie on social media, or visit her website for recipes and wellness tips.

Meet our Featured Dietitian Deborah Murphy!


Purchasing dried beans in bulk and cooking a big pot of them each weekend assures that Deborah Murphy and her fellow dietitian husband, Will, have a good source of plant-based protein already prepared for salads and other meals throughout the week. Choosing different varieties of beans to cook keeps them from getting bored. Deborah is a registered dietitian who works at a local hospital by day and blogs at Dietitian Debbie Dishes, about nutritious vegetarian recipes and practical tips for making the transition to a healthier diet by night. In her day job Deborah works with clients who often have a limited income, so she encourages them to incorporate affordable and versatile beans as a great source of dietary fiber and protein. Deborah shares her delicious Summer Vegan Pasta, a perfect meal for the fresh vegetable summer bounty at your local farmers market!

photo courtesy of Deborah Murphy

photo courtesy of Deborah Murphy


Make sure to follow Debbie on her social media sites!



Meet our Featured Dietitian Kristina LaRue!

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Kristina LaRue, RD, CSSD, loves when her clients add beans to their diet because of the great fiber content in beans. In fact, without eating beans, she cautions that it is hard to incorporate adequate fiber into the diet. Kristina is a sports dietitian who has worked for the Orlando Magic and the University of Central Florida Athletics. She is now a busy mom, full-time blogger, content creator, writer (check out her Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies!) and works as a registered dietitian for her husbands’ NFL sports marketing agency. She is one busy lady! On her website Love & Zest, Kristina shares recipes, fitness, and nutrition tips that you can use in your busy life. Need some delicious, nutritious bean recipes? This is just the spot!

Kristina shares some of her favorites including one of her favorite ways to eat black beans in Turkey Taco Soup. Do you have a toddler in your house? Kristina has a wonderful recipe for the little one: Vegetarian Baby Burrito Bowls – and the whole family will love too!

Vegetarian Nourish Bowl

photo courtesy of Kristina LaRue

photo courtesy of Kristina LaRue


Vegetarian Tortilla Casserole

 photo courtesy of Kristina LaRue

photo courtesy of Kristina LaRue

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Meet our Featured Dietitian Stephanie McKercher


Stephanie McKercher is on a mission to end calorie counting. Instead, this food lover and registered dietitian from Denver, Colorado, believes in eating mindfully, cooking, enjoying produce straight from the market, and incorporating whole foods such as beans, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.

She encourages her clients to eat beans because they are nutrient dense, affordable, and delicious, making them a natural choice for anyone looking to eat healthier. Stephanie recommends beans to her clients — especially those who are vegan and vegetarian — because they are rich in protein and essential micronutrients along with energizing nutrients, complex carbohydrates, and satisfying fiber.

Pairing beans with lots of colorful vegetables and whole grains such as brown rice and sliced avocados makes for a perfectly balanced meal. Her website, The Grateful Grazer, is full of wonderful recipes, lifestyle tips and much more! Check out these recipes and other great bean dishes on her website.

Mushroom and Cannellini Loaded Sweet Potatoes with Lemon Herb Pesto
African Spiced Chickpeas and Greens

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photo courtesy of The Grateful Grazer

photo courtesy of The Grateful Grazer

Green Goddess Pasta Salad
Recipe courtesy of Stephanie McKercher, RDN
Serves: 6-8


  • 3 cups dry whole wheat fusilli (or pasta of choice)
  • 2 tbsp. grape seed oil
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 cups broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 2 tbsp. tahini (you may need to add more water to reach a dressing-like consistency)
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1-15 oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling (optional)


  1. Add pasta to pot of boiling water and cook until al dente, 9-10 minutes. Once cooked, drain and set aside until ready to mix.
  2. In the meantime, heat oil in wok or large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until translucent, 4-5 minutes. Add broccoli and snap peas and cook an additional 6-8 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl or jar, whisk together tahini, lemon, garlic, cayenne, and water.
  4. Add cooked pasta, chickpeas, spinach, parsley, nutritional yeast, and tahini sauce to wok and stir until mixed. Add salt to taste. Transfer to serving bowl, top with black pepper, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil if desired.
  5. Serve hot, room temperature, or cold.

Bean & Barley Chili

photo courtesy of Abbie Gellman

Bean & Barley Chili
Recipe courtesy of Abbie Gellman Culinary Nutrition Cuisine
Makes 6 servings


½ pound dry beans, any mixture (for this recipe, I like pinto, white, and black beans, but use any type you prefer)


  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 6 ounces vegetable stock, low sodium
  • 1/3 cup barley, pearled
  • 3 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup chipotle pepper in adobo, chopped
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Optional garnish: sour cream or yogurt, shredded cheddar cheese, avocado

Soak beans overnight in a bowl with water covering them by a few inches. The next day, drain and rinse beans then transfer them to a pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer and leave undisturbed for an hour. If not yet cooked through at one hour, keep at a gentle simmer and begin checking every 20-30 minutes, adding water as necessary and tasting for doneness. Once done, drain, add a pinch of salt, and set aside. Note: do not season the beans while cooking, this will toughen them and they will not cook through.


    • Heat dutch oven or large pot on medium-high heat, add olive oil, then sauté onion, pepper, and garlic.
    • Add tomato paste, cumin, and chili powder to create a paste and sauté for another minute.
    • Add vegetable stock, beans, and barley. Cook for 15 minutes.
    • Add tomatoes and cook for another 40 minutes until barley is tender. Add more stock or water if barley absorbs all of the liquid too quickly.
    • Add cocoa powder, chipotle pepper, honey, and water (to loosen if necessary). Add salt and pepper.
    • Add garnish (optional) and enjoy!

*Note: can use 2 cups of canned beans, rinsed and drained, in place of dried beans if preferred

Mexican Rice

photo courtesy of My Whole Food Life

Mexican Rice
Courtesy of My Whole Food Life
Yields 4-5 servings

3 cups cooked pinto beans
3 cups cooked brown rice or quinoa
2 cups diced tomatoes
1/2 a yellow onion, diced
2 chili peppers, chopped
2 cups corn (we used fresh from the ears, but frozen will work   too)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
Sea salt to taste

Sauté peppers, onions, and garlic 3 to 5 minutes on medium high in a teaspoon of oil.

As they begin to soften, add the tomatoes and beans and let simmer on medium-low for 5 to 7 minutes.

Add the spices and rice and reduce heat to low and let simmer for another 5 minutes and remove from heat.

Serve immediately.

Smoky Sweet Black-Eyed Peas


Smoky Sweet Black-Eyed Peas

Recipe courtesy of Jill Nussinow, aka The Veggie Queen™

I love black-eyed peas and I don’t just reserve them for New Year’s luck. Any day that I can eat them is a lucky day.

Serves 4–6

1 teaspoon oil, optional
1 medium to large onion, thinly sliced
2–3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup diced red pepper
1 small jalapeno or other hot chile, minced
1–2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1–2 teaspoons mild or medium chili powder
1½ cups dried black-eyed peas, soaked overnight and drained
4 dates, chopped fine
1 cup water or vegetable broth
1 (15-ounce) can Fire Roasted tomatoes with green chilies
2 cups chopped greens such as kale, collards or Swiss chard
Salt to taste

Heat a pressure cooker over medium heat or set an electric pressure cooker to sauté. Add the oil if using or dry sauté the onion for a few minutes, adding some of the water if the onion starts to stick. Add the garlic and peppers and sauté for another minute. Add the smoked paprika and chili powder along with the peas and dates. Stir to coat them and then add the water, stirring well to be sure that nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pressure cooker. Add the water. Lock the lid on the pressure cooker. Cook at pressure for 3 minutes. Let the pressure come down naturally.

When time is up, carefully open the lid, tilting it away from you. Add the tomatoes and greens and lock the lid on the pressure cooker for 5 minutes. Open the cooker. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add salt to taste.

Note: You can cook this without a pressure cooker, if you don’t have one by following these directions and using 3 cups or more water, as needed instead of just 1 cup: Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Dry sauté the onion for a few minutes, adding some of the water if the onion starts to stick. Add the garlic and peppers and sauté for another minute. Add the smoked paprika and chili powder along with the peas and dates. Stir to coat them and then add the water to cover them. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a simmer. Put a lid on, keeping it slightly ajar. Cook by simmering, keeping the peas covered with water, for 35–45 minutes until they are cooked through and almost all of the water has been absorbed. Drain any excess water.

Add the tomatoes and greens and cook for another 5 minutes or more until the greens are wilted. Add salt to taste.

©2016 Reprinted from Nutrition CHAMPS by Jill Nussinow, MS, RDN