In winter, all you want to do is curl up with a nice, warm bowl of soup. While beans play a starring role in some of your favorite soup recipes, there are so many more things you can do with them! Here are a few ideas for how to include some of these protein-packed nutrition powerhouses into your diet:

1. Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip and White Bean Cookies

Yes, you read that right–bean cookies! When white beans are pureed, they take on a creamy consistency that lets them take the place of 75% of the butter in this recipe. The result? A cookie with just 105 calories and 3 grams of fat. You won’t even taste the beans, but you’ll still get all the protein!

2. Mexican Sandwiches with Pinto Bean Spread

Refried beans are great on tortillas, but they can also make a fantastic sandwich spread. Spread mashed pinto beans onto a soft white roll, pile high with roasted chicken or roast pork, and top off with fresh avocado and tomato.

3. Hot Dog and Mixed Bean Masala

Mix the exotic with the familiar in this Indian-spiced dish. Hot dogs and mixed beans are simmered in a delicious array of spices and served on top of basmati rice. This is a great way to introduce your kids to new flavors!

What’s your favorite unconventional bean dish?

Meatless Monday is so much more appealing when incorporating this tasty dish featuring Randall Beans Great Northern Beans.

Randall Beans Pinto Beans are an important part of a healthy diet that can be used to lower your blood pressure