I’ve been on an avocado kick lately! So I was drawn to this recipe from the new cookbook Lose Weight By Eating (William Morrow, softcover). This side dish has so many ingredients I love–avocados, of course, along with black beans, red onion, bell pepper, and corn. I just knew I would like it!
There are lots of other great-sounding recipes I found in my review copy. Author Audrey Johns developed more than 130 clean eating recipes during her 11-month weight loss journey, losing more than 150 pounds and proving that you really can lose weight if you’re eating the right things! There’s a good variety of recipes for every meal and healthy desserts, too–things like Chili Cheese Omelet, Strawberry Scones with Lime Glaze, Meatball Sliders, Skinny Chicken Alfredo, California Club Pizza, and Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes.
I decided to try the Black Bean Avocado Salad, which is described in the book as a crisp, salsa-like side dish–and just 131 calories per serving. You can serve it with chips as a snack, or top a chicken breast with it for extra flavor and protein.
BLACK BEAN AVOCADO SALAD from Lose Weight by Eating
Makes six 1/2 cup servings
- 1 (16-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 avocado, diced
- 1/2 red onion, diced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup frozen corn
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a large bowl, combine the beans, jalapeño, bell pepper, avocado, red onion, cilantro, corn, lime juice, and garlic. Gently mix and add salt and black pepper to taste.
Marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour and serve.
I really liked the way this tasted–it’s nice when a dish is both healthy and yummy, isn’t it? Do you have a favorite healthy snack that you like to make?