When my father’s friends heard that he had gone on a bean diet, they thought he was crazy. How could anyone lose weight eating beans? Well, it all depends on what you put IN the beans, and what you serve with the beans.
A lot of people when they think of beans, they think of chili – which may include meat, and may include fat in the meat, or used for cooking the vegetables that went into the chili. Then there might be cheese, and sour cream to top the chili. You might have cornbread, which could have additional fat, and sugar as well. Don’t even think about adding a beer – you were already out of the ball park!
Well, I’m not doing that. When I did this diet before, there was a wonderful black bean dip from Senor Pepe, that is no longer around. I think that’s what made it difficult for me to even think about going on a diet – my “food” was gone.
Now, I have discovered how to make my “food” and I am all thrilled. Spane may not be as happy as I am, and I will make him some other things. I will also have to not indulge in that Midnight Snack!
Black Bean Diet Food Tostada
- 1 can (10 oz) black beans
- 1 tablespoon salsa
- 1 teaspoon dried cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 2 Corn tortilla or Tostada pre-made
- 1 teaspoon Sour cream
- 1 teaspoon Salsa
- 1 piece lettuce
- Drain the black beans. Rinse them several times under running water. Put them into the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add the salsa, cilantro and cumin. Process and let sit for at least 20 minutes for the flavors to mingle.
- To assemble, put some of the bean dip on the tostada shell, then top with sour cream and salsa. Curl the lettuce leaf tightly, and cut in a Chiffonade over each tostada.
Even the whole recipe, which serves 4 is only 499 calories, so you can eat two! You can easily use a store bought salsa, or make your own.
Top your tostada with steamed veggies, like broccoli, green beans, corn, carrots, what have you.
Preparation time: 2 minute(s)
Cooking time: 1 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet tags: Low calorie
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: Mexican
Copyright © The Good Plate – Adrienne Boswell.
Recipe by Adrienne Boswell.