Welcome to Putting it on the Plate with PICKKA. Today’s featured recipe is Summer Fiesta Black Bean Salad. I decided to use my “Shop to Lose” app for the iPhone to choose the ingredients for this dish. The Shop to Lose app contains a “smart shopping list” which analyzes and screens grocery store foods based on my weight and health objectives, as well as those of other family members. It’s a great way to ensure that my pantry items are healthy for me and my family.
I am glad I chose to use “Shop to Lose”* because I discovered something new that I would not have considered otherwise. My recipe calls for black beans – not a product that I would consider to have many variances between brands. But, my “Shop to Lose” app brought to my attention that the sugar content between my choices differed slightly. One had no sugar and the other had 1 gram. What is nice about the “Shop to Lose” app is that it highlights why a product is a good choice or a bad choice under the nutrition label displayed on the app. It will tell you if the product is low in sugar or high in fat, for instance. That is how I discovered the sugar difference – and I thought I was pretty savvy at deciphering nutrition labels.
I think you will find today’s recipe to be very easy to pull together at the last minute because many of the items are pantry staples. It is also very versatile. You can serve it as a side dish, use it to top baked potatoes (as I did), or add it to a bed of whole-grain rice for a healthy meal. It it a great dish to pass at potlucks, barbecues, and picnics too!
Summer Fiesta Black Bean Salad
1 (15.5 ounce) can of whole kernel corn, drained
1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 small green bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped
1 small red bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
3/4 tsp ground cumin
2 TBS lime juice
2 TBS olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
In a medium bowl add corn, black beans, bell peppers, onion, and garlic. Drizzle olive oil and lime juice over mixture. Sprinkle with ground cumin. Stir until mixture is coated. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
*Click here to download the “Shop to Lose” app.
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