Monday, February 20, 2012

3 Ways to More Magical Fruit!

BEANS, peas, and legumes are some of the most nutritious, inexpensive, and versatile foods you can find! Substitute these savory little nuggets for meat in a meal this week to lower fat, cholesterol, and calories.


One cup of beans provides half of of the fiber that we should each consume daily, as well as plenty of vitamins, minerals, and protein. Click here for more non-meat PROTEIN sources.  It’s no surprise that beans may even prevent colon cancer, heart disease, and type II diabetes!

Morning Star Chipolte Black Bean Burgers from Costco -- so yummy AND with a very "whole-foodsie" ingredients list!  For more awesome Costco picks, CLICK HERE!


Top it with some MUSTARD to give it an anti-inflammatory boost!
Click HERE to read more about turmeric health benefits!



Mexican Lasagna -- Thank you for the yummy idea Courtney!!

~2 c plain yogurt
~ 2 c salsa, combine with salsa and divide
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
1 can refried beans (fat-free to avoid hydrogenated oils -- be sure to check the ingredients list -- Trader Joe's are perfect!)
1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies (Rotel)
1 package of 8-10 whole-wheat torillas (or corn tortillas!)
1/4 c or so chia seeds
1 c or so cottage cheese
Cumin
Garlic

Combine everything in layers, bake for about 40 minutes at 350, top with avocado, and enjoy!



Check out this short video to see the layers!



Blissful Baked Bean Dip

Fill your food processor with a few pieces of the above lasagna, blend, grab some healthy chips, and you're ready for the card game!

You might also try Mexican Fiesta Bowl, especially if you're short on time ;)

SHARE: Do you like to measure or just throw some yummy ingredients together?

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