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What could be more satisfying on a cold weeknight than a hot, gooey Mexican ”lasagna”. Flour tortillas and a spicy bean-corn mixture compose this lasagna-like casserole. Black beans are the legume with the richest antioxidant content. When cooked, black beans have a satisfying velvety texture which almost melts in your mouth. You could use pinto beans instead of the black beans.

I served this dish with a simple guacamole and citrus based salad.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 green hot pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 18-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup stewed tomatoes
4 large corn or flour tortillas
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
2 green onions, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and a bit of salt and saute about 5 minutes until translucent. Add garlic, bell pepper and hot pepper, saute for about 5 minutes more. Add chili powder, cumin, coriander and cayenne pepper and cook, stirring frequently until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Remove from heat. Add black beans, corn and stewed tomatoes.
Preheat over to 350 F degrees.
Place 2 tortillas in the bottom of a lightly greased rectangle casserole dish. Add half the corn-bean mixture, top with half of the fresh cilantro and spread 1/2 cup of the cottage cheese on top. Sprinkle with half the cheddar cheese. Repeat the layers. Top with green onions.
Bake, uncovered, for about 45 minutes, until bubbly. Broil for 2 minutes, if desired. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Serves 4 to 6

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This salad combines different colors and textures. The citrus burst of clementines, the fluffiness of millet, the smooth texture of black beans, the crunchiness of roasted almonds with the fresh, crisp addition of fresh cilantro. I make salads like this one often. Colorful, highly nutritious, fresh, tasteful salads. Combine any grain, fruit, bean, fresh herb and nut for an easy lunch. Millet is a grain that is still widely unknown. It is packed with magnesium which is, for example, known to help decrease symptoms of asthma and reduce the frequency of migraine headaches.

1 cup millet
1 cup black beans (canned is fine), rinsed and drained
2 clementines, cut-up in medium-size pieces (or substitute one orange)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
1/4 cup roasted almonds
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Nutty Citrus Dressing :
2 tablespoons walnut oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil
Juice of one small lime
1 teaspoon agave nectar or honey
Pinch of paprika
Sea salt, to taste

Cook the millet according to the manufacturer’s direction.

In the mean time, prepare the dressing. In a large bowl, combine all dressing ingredients and whisk briefly with a fork. Add rinsed black beans, cooled millet, chopped clementines and peas. Mix until all ingredients are well combined. Add chopped cilantro and roasted almonds just before serving.

Serves 4

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