A Mexican Menu

14 Apr

We like to take our menu south of the border fairly frequently. The food is delish and less expensive than other types.

Black beans are awesome and we eat lots of them. They easily replace meat in most Mexican style dishes. Throw in some cilantro, onion, peppers… everything just melds.

Here’s a few of the things we eat. Don’t you wish you were invited to dinner?

If you haven’t figure it out already, I’m slightly in love with Whole Foods. Hubby would be jealous but he’s in love with them too. Anyways, I was inspired by this recipe from their website (Whole Foods Veggie Chili ). I changed up the ingredients a bit and cut down on the olive oil. It made six servings:
3/4 cup frozen corn
1 tbsp olive oil
3 cups butternut squash, cubed
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
salt and pepper
2 cans (15 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup vegetable broth
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cook as directed in recipe.

Approximate Calories/Serving: 206    Approximate Grams Fat/Serving: 4    WW Points Plus: 6

Another one of our favorite dishes are these awesome lentil tacos from Epicurious (click here). Lentils, like black beans, are amazing. They have a great texture and take on pretty much any flavor. I’ve used them to replace meat in several meals. They are legumes and have lots of vitamins and nutrients. I pretty much follow the recipe shown but omit the cheese. Most of the calories in this recipe come from the tortillas (whole wheat of course!) so sometimes, I’ll have one taco with a shell and then some of the filling by itself. The sauce is a little spicy. If heat is not your thing, leave out the chipotle pepper.

Approximate Calories/Serving: 294     Approximate Grams Fat/Serving: 8     WW Points Plus: 7

We have this black bean salad on a fairly regular basis. It was inspired by a Weight Watchers recipe that I can no longer find. Serves six.
1/3 cup salsa
3 tbsp reduced fat sour cream
1 tbsp cider vinegar
2 cans (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
Two whole tomatoes, chopped
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1 large avocado
36 tortilla chips
1/2 cup pepper jack cheese, shredded

Mix the first three ingredients in a large bowl. This acts as your “dressing”. Add beans, tomatoes, corn, avocado, cilantro (as much or as little as you like), and salt and pepper to taste. Mix dressing and additional ingredients. Serve with cheese and chips. Note: the chips add some saltiness. Keep that in mind when you’re adding salt to the other ingredients.

Approximate Calories/Serving: 266     Approximate Grams of Fat/Serving: 10     WW Points Plus: 8

Please remember that these are approximate figures. That means they’re not exact. Any confusion, just ask.


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