I knew I already loved pasta and cheese and gelato when I moved to Italy, but what I discovered while living there was that I loved beans. That's because I found the one bean that finally felt as hearty as meat. As someone who was once a vegetarian and had eaten a lot of beans in her lifetime, I'd never felt satisfied with them — even nubby chickpeas don't have that heft that meat does.
While perusing the Italian grocery store for cannellini beans one day, however, I stumbled upon giant white beans, and I've never looked back.
The Bean That Is Just as Filling as Meat — Ingredient Intelligence