Cleanse Approved Cinco de Mayo Fajitas SMART Pressed Black Bean Fajita & Guacamole
Cinco de Mayo is a time for celebration! Most Americans see this holiday as a day to indulge in tequila, beer, chips and salsa. If you are going to indulge, may we suggest a fun clean meal that captures the spirit of the holiday with none of the guilt?
This recipe is sure to please your taste buds with these simple, yet flavorful ingredients. The best part? This recipe passed the “cleanse friendly” test with flying colors! If you have ever prepared this traditional Mexican dish, you have probably learned that you can serve the veggies sauteed or grilled. With summer quickly approaching, try out the recipe at your next grill out or festive, delicious meal.
BLACK BEAN FAJITAS & GUACAMOLE
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed (approx. 3 cups)
1 red bell pepper, sliced into long strips
1 yellow bell pepper, sliced into long strips
1 green bell pepper, sliced into long strips
1 small white onion, sliced
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon chile powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon chipotle or cayenne powder (optional for spice)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Butter Lettuce (for wraps)
1/4 head of cabbage, shredded to serve
lime wedges, to serve
2 – 3 avocados
1 small jalapeno, most seeds removed and diced
1/4 red onion, diced
1 small tomato, diced
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
few sprigs cilantro leaves, diced
1 lime, squeezed
Start with your guacamole. Cut avocados in half lengthwise, remove seed. Using a spoon to scoop out the meat, place in medium size bowl. Using a fork, cut the halves into large chunks and mash. Add diced jalapeno, onion, tomatoes, salt and lime juice. Mix to well. Add in chopped cilantro and mix again gently.
TIP: To keep your guacamole from browning, pack your guacamole well. This will keep air away, preventing oxidation.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Add bell peppers, onions, and spices, cook for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add black beans and cook until heated through, about 3 more minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste adding anything extra you like.
Serve by layering the fajita mix on top of each piece of lettuce, then add cabbage and a nice helping of guacamole. Add a squeeze of lime if you’d like, and don’t forget your rice! You can add the rice to each of your fajitas or serve on the side.
SMART Tip: Every time legumes (like beans, lentils, and peanuts) are combined with grains (like wheat, rice, and quinoa) a complete protein is born! This refers to amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, and crucial in creating a “complete” protein. Some of these amino acids are present in protein and some our bodies cannot produce on their own. That means we must ingest foods that have these essential amino acids, in order to “complete” a protein. The combination of rice and beans dates back in history for hundreds of years and have been found to be paired together in many cuisines from all corners of the world. So, do not forget to add some rice or quinoa to your fajita dish to complete the protein!