Friday, February 24, 2012

Vegan Pinto Beans

I picked up a bunch of dried beans and other legumes recently for my cleanse and because I'm trying to eat less canned food. I've been cutting it back for quite some time but I still use it as its so darn convenient. BUT this week, I cooked some pinto beans and lentils and just popped them in the fridge so that when it came time for meal prep I had some beans ready to go!

I usually only use pinto beans when I make my refried beans (which I totally need to make again soon) but this time I wanted to use them differently. I created a delish meal that I completed with some brown rice that I had leftover. The whole thing took less than 20 minutes to make. So a little planning can go a long way. 

Vegan Pinto Beans
1 cup dry pinto beans, cooked
1/2 head kale, in bite sized pieces
1 lg tomato, diced
1 jalapeno, chopped
1 lime, juiced
1/2 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili flakes
1/2 cup veggie stock

Pan fry the onions and garlic in a ladle full of water for 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and cook for 10 minutes. Serve on top of brown rice. 

It was super yummy and full of awesome nutrients. It has A LOT of fiber in it among other things such as protein, iron, molybdenum, etc. Its quite the little powerhouse. Lol

I had a cup of these pinto beans for lunch today and paired it with a salad. I made a quickie salad with spinach, half a red pepper, cucumber, and celery with half a lemon juiced over top. Sprinkled with hemp seeds. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Did I tell you that if you pair celery and cucumber it makes a complete protein? And remember that food pairing doesn't have to be in the same meal, just the same day. Celery has 18 amino acids and the same sodium balance as your body! Cool!

I'm so big on salads right now. I was on a green smoothie kick for a while but salads took over. I try to eat them every day. And I pretty much do. I love incorporating as much raw foods as I can into my day. I always feel the best when I eat a lot of them. Not 100% raw by any means, Just a lot of salads, raw fruits and veggies and some raw nuts and seeds. 

Last night I FINALLY got my hair did! I am loving it! I feel like a new woman. Its funny how something like a hair cut can make you feel so amazing. I get the same feeling when I get new undies. Lol

Black is back!

Its black again and I got some swoopy bangs too! I missed having bangs. I thought I wanted to get rid of them so I grew them out, but nope, I did not. Love having them back. And its so shiny and rich. You can't tell that well in the pic, but believe me, its luxurious. HAHA

Great way to start the weekend! And I'm feeling AMAZING on this cleanse! I did ALMOST wanna cheat last night, but I held strong. I feel so energetic and happy. Its pretty close to the way I felt when I first went vegan. So energetic, full of life and feel so light. Not bogged down by over processed foods. Love it!

I'm stoked for tonight. Going for a workout, swim, make dins and play some scrabble and banana grams with my friend Mike! I know, we're nerds. But I love scrabble and banana grams is gonna be a new fave I think. 





  1. Oh gosh, new hair and new undies are the best. Put them together and watch out! :)

  2. drooool, can't wait till I'm eating 'real' food & I'm trying this!!!

    1. Why aren't you eating real food? lol what are you eating? Are you on a cleanse? But def try it. It was super easy and tasty!

  3. HAhaha, I don't know what is best in this post....lentil {yum}, new hair did {rockin'} or the reference to new undies {i love them too!!}