Two of summer’s great pickings come together for this delicious blueberry cornbread. This fun twist on regular cornbread uses fresh blueberries and corn-off-the-cob, and makes a perfect addition to any barbecue, picnic or at-home summer meal. Blueberries add a burst of fresh berry flavor to cornbread, making each bite that much more satisfying. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Easy Blueberry Cornbread Muffins”
Beans and rice are a classic combination in many cultures. Together they make up a complete protein, which basically means they provide all nine of the essential amino acids needed in your diet. Super healthy and economical, this recipe for black beans and brown rice is packed with protein, fiber, iron and zinc.
This is a great recipe for Meatless Mondays, as beans are an important source of nutrients in vegetarian or vegan diets. You can customize this recipe easily, just add your favorite veggies, herbs and spices.
Although soaking beans and cooking them controls the sodium content, canned beans can be used in a pinch. Look for low sodium and BPA-free options. Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Black Beans and Brown Rice Bowl”
Raise your hand if you have overly ripe bananas. Now raise your hand if you are buying bananas just to watch them turn brown so you can make banana bread. If you are like me, you may be doing a little extra baking during this time – and banana bread is an easy and healthy thing to try, even if you aren’t really a baker!
You can use any type of flour you have on hand, but using a whole grain flour will give you more fiber and nutrition than using an all-white flour. You can also use gluten-free options, my favorite being chickpea flour. Continue reading “Snack Today: Banana Bread”
If you want to be a hit at your next get-together, make this Mexican Caviar Dip! This is my go-to dish when I am asked to bring something, and I am usually asked to bring this. It is the recipe I get asked for the most. Beans, corn, lentils, celery and peppers all marinated in an apple cider vinegar and olive oil dressing.
The original recipe came from my godmother and has been tweaked to use less sugar and add fresh cilantro. To make this recipe super simple, you can use canned beans and corn, but if you have time and energy, soak the beans and use fresh corn on the cob that has been roasted and cut from the cob. Continue reading “Snack Today: Mexican Caviar Dip”
Traditionally stuffed peppers are made with some sort of ground meat. This recipe for Lentil Stuffed Peppers goes vegetarian with lentils instead of beef. Lentils are packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, way more than you would find in ground beef. They also have a heartiness comparable to meat so they make an excellent vegan-friendly substitution in pretty much any pasta, stew, and soup. Peppers, are chock-full of vitamin C also supply plenty of vitamin A, fiber and potassium.
Lentil Stuffed Peppers
• 1 cup cooked lentils
• 1 cup spinach, shredded
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