I love beans. They are cheap, easy to cook with, and an important source of protein in a plant rich, cancer fighting diet. You don’t have to be vegetarian or vegan for beans to be a great standby in the kitchen. Although they taste great cooked from scratch (see our menu of basics), you don’t have to. Keep canned and dried beans in your pantry and freezer, and you’ll be able to rustle up nutritious, tasty meals in no time at all. Beans add protein to simple veggies pastas or soups, make hearty nutrient rich dips and can even be baked into cakes and cookies. Check these versatile, inexpensive babies out!