Make a double batch of our lively black bean salsa and enjoy in all sorts of ways, for example, as a topping for green salads, poultry, or fish, or blended with whole-grain rice.
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.
Double or triple the batch of these bean burgers and freeze them for easy lunches, dinners, and snacks in the future. When you’re enjoying bean burgers, you’re not only saving yourself from the plaque-building saturated fat of regular hamburgers, you’re also improving your heart health because beans, all beans, are rich in soluble fiber, which actively lowers blood cholesterol.