We're huge proponents of dedicating one night a week to meal prep (to avoid all those $14 lunch salads or last-minute food deliveries at the end of a long day), but even buying groceries for the week can get overwhelming and expensive. The key? Finding one star ingredient you can make work for all different kinds of delicious meals. Enter: beans.
Although they often take a backseat to other sources of protein, beans are affordable, incredibly healthy (they're high in fiber and antioxidants), and easy to whip up all year long — from summer to the dead of winter.