Black Bean & Yam Salad

Black Bean & Yam Salad

Black beans, yams, and quinoa come together beautifully in this filling and colorful salad. Onion, bell pepper, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, and Mexican seasoning team up to provide the lively flavors. A crowd-pleasing dish, perfect for parties and potlucks! Above: When buying Mexican or taco-style seasoning, look for blends in the spice aisle, not as…

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4-Bean Salad

This salad is like a zesty 3-bean salad but with 4 types of beans, as well as corn, peas and red onion. The dressing is tangy and mildly spicy due to the garlic, mustard and cumin. A colorful salad perfect for all P’s: potlucks, parties or picnics! Salad ingredients: 3 cups cooked green beans (or…

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Enchilada Casserole

This hearty casserole is easier to make than enchiladas since you don’t need to roll tortillas or make a separate sauce. Corn tortillas are added in with the beans and vegetables to thicken the casserole; a dish that everyone at the table will enjoy! Ingredients 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (about 2 cups) 1 medium…

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Southwest Stew

This chunky, satisfying stew is full of beans, greens, corn, mushrooms, bell pepper, and plenty of herbs and spices to please your taste buds and fill your belly. This recipe makes 12 cups of stew, perfect for leftovers throughout the week! Ingredients 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped 6 medium…

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Quinoa-Polenta & BBQ Sauce

I recently ordered baked polenta and quinoa at a vegan restaurant, and I just loved the combination! As soon as I got home I started experimenting, and came up with my own version, as well as a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce to go along with it. Enjoy! Quinoa-Polenta Even though I love to cook,…

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BBQ Beans & Greens

If you miss the tangy, sweet flavor of BBQ sauce, but not all the salt and sugar, you will love this recipe. It’s easy to make and uses pineapple as its secret ingredient. This is a guest recipe by Katie Mae, whom I teach with at TrueNorth Health Center in Santa Rosa, CA. Katie Mae…

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Black Bean & Rice Stew

This satisfying, chunky stew is a breeze to make since you can use canned beans and tomatoes. This dish is perfect for cozy dinners or easy, filling lunches for work. Ingredients: 1 cup water (for sautéing) 1 large yellow onion, chopped 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced 2 ribs celery, diced 8 button or crimini mushrooms,…

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Cuban Black Bean Burgers

These veggie burgers are made with plantain, which gives them a fragrant aroma and unique flavor. In addition to the plantain, they derive their Cuban flair from black beans, rice, red pepper, lime, coriander, paprika and cumin. Ingredients: 1 cup cooked brown rice (short-grain or sweet brown works great) 1 ripe plantain, peeled and diced…

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Cabbage Salad with Dijon-lime Dressing

Using cabbage instead of lettuce makes a hearty salad, perfect for an entree. With cabbage and carrots as the foundation, almost any vegetables and beans you have on hand can be added. Sometimes I keep it really simple, using only cabbage, carrots and chickpeas, and other times I just keep adding veggies until it’s a…

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Breakfast Burrito Bake

Despite “breakfast” being in the title, this makes an ideal breakfast, lunch or dinner meal. Grated potatoes are added to the vegetables and beans to give some “grip” to the dish, and more grated potatoes mixed with a little nutritional yeast create a cheesy-looking finish. This makes a lot of food—perfect for leftovers! Ingredients water…

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