I have a big weakness for dips, so I try to just make them when I need to bring something to a party or get-together—that way, I have plenty of people to help me eat it! 🙂 This Layered Black Bean Dip is really easy to make, and I like to think that the black beans make it a little healthier! 🙂 I added a little plain Greek yogurt to the original recipe to make the base of the dip a little creamier and also topped it with some green onion slices.Continue reading
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?
If you’re wanting something to eat that will warm you up during this chilly winter season, this Veggie Black Bean Chili is definitely the recipe to make! It’s easy to put together and healthy, too–with black beans, onion, garlic, green bell pepper, crushed tomatoes, green chiles, and corn. And I was happily surprised to find that I could find organic ingredients, even for the canned items, at the regular grocery store I go to. They’re starting to carry more organic items, which is great!
This chili is super thick and chunky with a lightly spicy flavor (if you don’t want any spiciness, leave out the crushed red pepper). The red wine vinegar gives it a little zing–I thought I’d use that instead of salt. I didn’t top my chili with anything, but you could garnish it with a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese, or some sliced green onions…or all three!
VEGGIE BLACK BEAN CHILI by NancyC
Makes 4 servings
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium size sweet yellow onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 medium size green bell pepper, finely chopped
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (red pepper flakes)
- 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 (7-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
- 1 (15-ounce) can whole kernel corn
- Optional: sour cream, cheddar cheese, and/or finely sliced green onion stems, for garnish
In a large pot or Dutch oven, saute onion, garlic, and green bell pepper in oil over medium low heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender. Stir in chili powder, cumin, paprika, crushed red pepper, and red wine vinegar, then cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
Add black beans, crushed tomatoes, water, green chilies, and corn; stir ingredients together, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve immediately.
Chili is one of my favorite fall and winter dishes. And I love trying new chili recipes! Do you have a favorite chili recipe you like making?
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When I was at the grocery store the other day, I saw some Black Bean Hummus. I hadn’t noticed that flavor before and it sounded great ! Instead of buying some, I decided to make my own.
You use black beans instead of garbanzo beans (or chickpeas) in this hummus, but it still has many of the same ingredients you would use in your typical hummus recipe…like olive oil, garlic, and tahini. It also has a little cayenne pepper in it, which adds some spiciness–but if you prefer a milder flavor, leave it out.
This is a smooth and creamy hummus, and I love the flavor combination of the black beans with all the other spices. If you like hummus and black beans, keep this recipe in mind!
BLACK BEAN HUMMUS by NancyCreative
Makes about 1 1/2 cups
- 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 3 Tablespoons tahini (roasted sesame seed paste)
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (optional)
- Optional garnishes: 10 to 12 Kalamata olives, 1 1/2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Place all ingredients, except for the garnish ingredients (olives and cilantro), in a food processor or high-power blender; process until smooth and creamy. Spoon into a bowl and garnish with olives and fresh cilantro. Serve with pita bread, fresh veggies, or tortilla chips.
I’m enjoying trying out and creating different hummus recipes! I’ve also made these other hummus recipes: basic Hummus, Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus, and Pumpkin Hummus. Do you have a favorite hummus flavor?
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When I buy salad greens, I like buying organic. Last week, I had the chance to try some complimentary greens from OrganicGirl. This company specializes in making a variety of salad blends and greens that are all organic, triple washed, and packaged in 100% recycled plastic packaging, which I think is great! I tried out a package of their Super Greens (a blend of baby red chard, baby tat soi, baby spinach, baby green swiss chard, and baby arugula), and a package of their Baby Spinach. I really liked these OrganicGirl greens–they were very fresh and tender, and worked great in the recipes I used them in. And I’ll be sharing these recipes with you!
And more good news–OrganicGirl will provide 5 giveaways of the same two packages of greens I tried out–so 5 of you can win these two healthy, tasty organic greens to try out for yourself! Organic Girl will send the greens directly to you, or you can receive coupons to get them from your local health food store if you prefer. See the end of the post for details on how to win!
Today I’ll share the Fiesta Salad recipe I made with the Super Greens. The giveaway will end on Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. (CST), and on Wednesday or Thursday evening, when I announce the 5 winners, I’ll share a recipe I made with the Baby Spinach.
I really like the variety of ingredients this Super Greens Fiesta Salad has! I found a recipe at Taste of Home and modified it a little, taking out some ingredients and adding in some other ones. I also used larger amounts, so this will make a big bowl of salad that serves about 8 people. If you need to make the salad a little ahead of time, don’t toss the dressing in until right before serving.
SUPER GREENS FIESTA SALAD by NancyCreative, adapted from Taste of Home
Makes 8 servings
- 1 (5-ounce) container OrganicGirl Super Greens mix (about 4 well-packed cups; or substitute your favorite lettuce greens)
- 1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
- 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 2 green onions, sliced
- 1 (2.25-ounce) can sliced olives
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 2/3 cup salsa
- 1/4 cup light sour cream or plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup light Ranch salad dressing
In a large salad bowl, combine the salad greens, corn, black beans, tomatoes, green onions, sliced olives, and celery.
In a small bowl, combine the salsa, sour cream or plain yogurt, and ranch dressing; mix until well blended. Drizzle this salsa dressing over salad mixture and toss to coat. Makes about 8 servings.
Note: This dressing gives the salad a generous coating. If you or your family prefer a lighter amount of dressing, just use about 3/4 cup of the dressing mixture. Or, just toss all your salad ingredients together without the dressing and serve the dressing on the side. You can also serve this salad with a vinaigrette if you prefer.
Now for the Giveaway…if you’d like to enter to win two packages of organic greens–Super Greens and Baby Spinach–from OrganicGirl, leave a comment on this blog post between now and Wednesday evening, March 12, at 8 p.m. (CST)–the random drawings will be made from the comments on this post only (there will be 5 winners)! The winners will be chosen randomly via Random.org and announced on Wednesday or Thursday evening, March 12 or 13. Winners will be notified via email. Giveaway is limited to readers in the Continental U.S. and Canada.
NOTE: If you are a winner, your email will be given to OrganicGirl and they will contact you via email about getting your greens delivered to you. You have the option to have coupons for the product sent instead if you prefer. Winners who reside in Canada will only be able to receive the coupons.
First entry: Leave a comment on this post–it would be great to hear what your favorite greens are, or what your favorite salad is!
Bonus entry: If you are a new or existing follower or subscriber, you can leave one extra comment telling me the way (or ways) you are following.
I hope you all have the time to leave a comment or two for the chance to try out these OrganicGirl greens! And if you’re not sure where OrganicGirl products are available near you, there’s a store locator here to help you find one!