Replacing proteins lost in meatless diets with legumes, fruits and nuts

I don’t think I need to enumerate here the reasons why we need protein in our diet. Suffice to say that protein builds tissues and is a source of energy. In the human diet, meat, eggs and seafood are complete sources of protein with milk and dairy products a close second. Fortunately, Sam has chosen the ovo-lacto vegetarian diet. Meaning, she will not give up eggs, milk and dairy products. She is okay with broth made from pork, chicken and fish bones. It’s really just the meat that she is ditching.

Still and all, we know that she will benefit from additional sources of protein. And that’s where legumes (pulses), fruits and nuts come in. Fruits and nuts need no explanation; but what are legumes, exactly? »