I have a confession…a few months ago black beans were on my extensive “don’t eat” list. I know, I can’t believe it either! I guess that’s what I get for being such a picky eater and just assuming I wouldn’t like them. Ha, I couldn’t have been more wrong because lately I am absolutely loving black beans! And as an added bonus, they’re super good for you. Just a few benefits of those little beans include:
-High fiber content. 1 serving (just 1/2 cup) contains 28% of the recommended dietary fiber. They don’t call ‘em the “magical fruit” for nothing.
-There’s only 100 calories per serving. So for a low amount of calories you get a food that’s super filling due to all that fiber.
-They’re cheap! Even if you’re lazy like me and buy them by the can, it’s only $0.59/can and even cheaper if you buy them by the bag.
Lately I’ve made an effort to add black beans to at least one meal each day and last night it was a black bean and chicken quesadilla. Gooey, melty cheese, black beans, and chicken all combined in a whole wheat tortilla? Yes, please!. And even better, it’s super easy to make.
Start with 2 tortillas, either whole wheat, or brown rice if you want it to be gluten free (we like the Trader Joe’s brand), and rub a small amount of butter to the outside of each tortilla. You might be tempted to skip this step, but don’t! Without the butter the quesadilla won’t get nice and crisp on the outside.
Next top it with the cheese of your choice (shred your own, it’s so much better!), some black beans, and a few small pieces of grilled chicken (ours had been marinated in a sweet chili sauce).
Pop it on the quesadilla maker (or into a frying pan) and let the cheese get nice and melty.
And after a few minutes get ready to dig into your fiber-rich, cheesy, ready-in-no-time-flat weeknight meal.
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