This one’s always a favorite in our dining room at the Pritikin Longevity Center, and it’s so easy to whip up at home. Pair with a baked or sweet potato, or a quick-cooking whole grain like couscous. Or slice your chicken up and enjoy with a big green salad plus any other veggies you have on hand.
This healthy recipe pairs well with just about anything — salmon, chicken, or game meat like bison and venison. It’s also a superb go-to for quick-fix lunches or snacks. Ladle some into whole-wheat tortillas stuffed with crunchy veggies. Pour a cup or two into some chicken or vegetable stock for an easy soup. Or blend a big scoop of your beans and rice with a big bowl of lettuce greens and sliced tomatoes for a filling lunch salad.
Double or triple the recipe for a great potluck party side dish. On busy weeknights, it’s also wonderful to have on hand in the fridge. Scoop some of your black bean salad into a whole-wheat tortilla, or blend with some crispy Romaine lettuce for a really big-sized salad. Enjoy with some fresh corn on the cob.
Here’s an easy spicy dinner. While your chicken is simmering on the stove, prepare a tasty quick-cooking whole grain like quinoa or brown rice (convenient fast-cooking versions of brown rice are now in supermarkets). And, in keeping with the Mexican theme of the evening, jazz up your grains with some fresh low-sodium salsa. Got leftover chicken breasts? Freeze them for future dinners or lunchtime sandwiches.
Invite the gang over and fire up the grill! These tender, juicy bison burgers are sure to please, and each burger has just 1 gram of saturated fat.
Did you know that many burritos at fast food places, even veggie-style burritos, can contain 2,000 mg of sodium, and more? Ouch! That’s no way to curb our country’s epidemic rates of high blood pressure. Our Pritikin Bean Burritos contain no more than 75 mg of sodium per burrito.
Who says veggie burgers are boring? You’ll get a kick out of these zesty Mexican-style bean and corn burgers topped with a citrus-hot sauce of lime juice, yogurt, scallions, and mustard. Regular burgers and their “secret sauces” can coat your arteries with more saturated fat than most of us should have for three days. With our Pritikin burgers, you’re enjoying tons of flavor, zero saturated fat, and a lot of soluble fiber from the beans. A diet rich is soluble fiber has been proven to lower blood cholesterol.
Trying to cut down on meat? Products like seitan are a great no-saturated-fat, no-cholesterol substitute. Seitan is a food made of gluten, the main protein of wheat, and can be found in most supermarkets as well as Asian markets and health food stores.
Love the rich earthy flavor of shiitake mushrooms? You’ll love this easy-to-make soup!
Cream of artichoke soup in a restaurant can easily pad our poor arteries with as much plaque-building saturated fat as a cheeseburger. Our Pritkin artichoke soup has zero saturated fat, but loads of rich, tangy artichoke flavor.