When our nutrition experts here at Healthline talk, we listen. And they say we should be eating more legumes.

Here’s why these goodies are good for you — and why it’s time to stock up on lentils, black beans, and chickpeas.

First, legumes are a family of nutrient-dense plants the include:

They’re rich in many nutrients, including potassium, iron, and magnesium. One cup of cooked black beans contains 120 milligrams of magnesium (30 percent of the recommended daily intake).

Legumes are also a trusted source of protein for vegetarians.

Because legumes are rich in fiber and have a low glycemic index (GI), they may lower cholesterol, improve blood sugar control, and decrease heart disease risk.

Bonus: Legumes are super affordable!

So we scoured Instagram and found the coolest ways to cook with legumes — for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert.

Chickpea (Socca) Pancakes with Harissa Yogurt Sauce via @cottercrunch

Zoodle Goddess Pad Thai Bowl via @cookingforpeanuts

Lentil Cakes with Zhoug Yogurt and Kale Slaw via @feastingathome

Savory Yogurt Bowls with Cucumber Melon Salad and Warm, Spicy Chickpeas via @luisegreenkitchenstories

Charred Red Cabbage with Hummus via @canadianliving

Buddha Bowl with Spinach, Kale, Roasted Chickpeas, and Avocado via @wellandfull

Burrata with Lentils and Basil Vinaigrette via @smittenkitchen

Pumpkin Lentil Falafel via @blissfulbasil

Black Bean Salad via @foodnessgracious

Pea Pasta with Goat Cheese Sauce via @naturallyella

Easy Lentil Stew via @elavegan

Red Curry Lentils via @pinchofyum

Black Bean Cupcakes via @larafrendjian