The Best Ways to Cook With Butternut Squash

1. Lentils Lentils are rich in polyphenols, plant-based compounds that have both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Higher intakes of polyphenols have been associated with lower risk of diseases like diabetes, heart disease

2. White Beans Several varieties of white beans exist with differences in size and subtle differences in flavor. Some of the most common ones include cannellini beans, butter beans (Lima beans), navy beans, and Great Northern beans.

3. Black Beans Black beans are packed with nutrition and contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are rich in protein and fiber and are a great addition to any eating pattern.

4. Chickpeas Chickpeas, AKA garbanzo beans, are extremely versatile. They can be roasted, pan-fried, smashed, eaten cold, pureed into hummus or milled into flour and used in dough, pasta and baked goods.

5. Pinto Beans Pinto beans are amongst the most popular beans that are consumed and this is for good reason. With 8 grams of fiber in 1/2-cup serving, they contribute to more than 25% of your daily fiber needs

6. Red Kidney Beans Red kidney beans—most known for their inclusion in chili, rice and stewed bean dishes—are a reliable source of plant-based iron. With 2.6 milligrams per 1/2-cup serving, they contribute to about 14 to 33% of the daily value

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