I've included bean salad as one of my daily meal intakes...2 or 3 small half-cup "sides" a day. From what I know, it's a great source of protein and fiber, a good carb/protein ratio, olive oil (quality extra virgin is a good, healthy additive), vinegar (beneficial as well)... And best of all, it is cheap, easy to make and stores and tastes great! I use a Mexican bean salad recipe. Personally, I can't afford to eat chicken and steak at every meal, so this is a great addition. Sure it doesn't have all the same quality amino's as meat, but it's protein nonetheless... Thoughts?