Last week, one of my friends that is married to a diabetic told me his doctor has recommended he eat a vegan meal twice a week. He must keep his calorie intake at 1800 calories and she asked me for ideas. I know the first thought is probably pasta but that isn’t a good choice because of the carb allowance each day. I immediately thought of my mexican salad that I like to make for us in the summer and I recommended it.
However, fellow bloggers and readers, do you have any suggestions as far as combinations that make good vegan meals? I do prepare a meatless meal once a week and it usually is some type of beans or pasta with vegetables. I always measure out portions with my pasta and never serve bread with the meal for my diabetic husband.
The Mexican salad I am sharing with you today started as a weight watchers recipe years ago and I have fine tuned it into a meal that is substantial because of the beans and the corn. We have been sweltering in the South for the past week so the best part about this salad is there is absolutely no cooking involved.
Mexican Bean Salad
This will serve two people for a main dish meal and as I did, you can adjust according to your tastes.
Start with a layer of mixed greens including lettuce and romaine on chilled plates.
Add: cucumber, tomato, onion, green pepper or sweet red pepper that has been cut into bite size pieces
The next step:
I drain and rinse a can of black beans and a can of whole kernel corn and add one half cup of each to the plates of greens
I add 4 ounces of cheese (monterey jack or cheddar) divided between the two salads (2 ounces per salad)
My next layer is salsa and that is my dressing for the salad. We also add a small amount of sour cream to our salad as a garnish.
I serve this with a toasted tortilla or tortilla chips.
We really enjoy this and it is very filling. It is a great treat on a hot summers day and you can use some of those wonderful fresh tomatoes that we love to eat this time of year.
Any other comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated. Happy Monday Everyone!