Pinto Bean Recipes

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In the fiber food kingdom, beans top the charts. It's partly due to the fact that 1/2 a cup of beans boasts between 7-12g of fiber. Or, the fact that they're a great source of plant protein.

My favorite bean characteristic is how they affect blood sugar levels at a meal, as well as the next meal you consume. That's a big deal.

That's why we're sharing 5 pinto bean recipes you need to add to your meal rotation ASAP.


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Pinto Bean Soup

Make it a Full Plate Meal: Pair up this scrumptious soup with a serving of your favorite chips as the 25% part of the plate. Fresh avocado slices and salsa would make a delicious topping as well.

75% fiber foods – pinto beans, onions, carrots, fire roasted tomatoes, garlic, potato, avocado, salsa
25% foods – oil, chips

Chocolate Mocha (Bean) Smoothie

Make it a Full Plate Meal: Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast.

75% fiber foods – pinto beans, banana
25% foods – unsweetened plant milk, dates

Sweet Potato Pinto Bean Chili

Make it a Full Plate Meal: This chili will be delicious on a bed of quinoa. Choose your own 25% item. My pick would be grilled chicken or tofu.

75% fiber foods – onion, garlic, jalapeño, tomato paste, pinto beans, potatoes, diced tomatoes, cilantro, quinoa
25% foods – chicken/tofu

Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Make it a Full Plate Meal: Serve the refried beans on top of brown rice. Top with shredded lettuce, spinach, tomato, carrots, cucumber, bell pepper, or any other favorite veggie topping. Dress with your favorite salad dressing as the 25% part of the meal.

75% fiber foods – beans, brown rice, lettuce, spinach, tomato, carrots, cucumber, bell pepper
25% foods – your favorite salad dressing

Stuffed Potato with Salsa and Beans

Make it a Full Plate Meal: Top the baked potato with your beans, salsa and avocado as directed in the recipe. A side of corn on the cob and fresh strawberries would finish off the meal. This would be a 100% fiber-rich meal.

75% fiber foods – potato, beans, salsa, avocado, jalapeño, corn, strawberries
25% foods – none

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