I conscientiously make an effort to increase my fiber intake everyday. This can be achieved easily by adding beans to my diet. Not only do I feel better when I eat beans, it makes me feel full after a meal. Beans are healthy and they are a good alternative to high-fat protein sources. It is packed with calcium, iron, potassium and B vitamins. There are many reasons why you should include vegetarian meals into your diet. A low-fat vegetarian diet is very effective to stop the progression of coronary artery disease or prevent it. There is a pretty good chance that you will live longer with stronger bones and that you will have more energy.
This week I made Three Bean Chili and it is hearty and creamy. Even if your family does not usually eat vegetarian meals, give it a try. You could divide the recipe into small containers and bring them at the office for your lunches. Or maybe, try this recipe next time that you are hosting a party and that you have vegetarian guests coming over.
During the week-end I took the time to cook dried beans to include in this recipe. But you don't need to cook your own beans, canned beans are a quick alternative and are as healthy. Since we eat with the eyes, I garnished my beans with Tex-Mex Cheese, sour cream, green onions, cilantro and sliced jalapeños. After a bowl of this chili I am now ready to go to the arena and will not be hungry until I get back home later on tonight.
Three Bean Chili
1 (19 fl oz/540 ml) can chili-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
1 (19 fl oz/540 ml) can black beans, drained, rinsed
1 (19 fl oz/540 ml) can red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
1 (19 fl oz/540 ml) can pinto beans, drained, rinsed
1/2 cup salsa
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 cup Tex Mex Shredded Cheese
1/2 cup light cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, except cheese, sour cream and cilantro.
2- Bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
3- Serve with cheese, sour cream and cilantro.