Vegetable Spotlight: Black Beans
Today were putting the spotlight on an amazing legume, black beans! According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a can of low-sodium black beans can account for 30% of our servings of dietary fiber. This is beneficial for our body to stay full and healthy. It is also cholesterol-free, which benefits heart health, as well as being a great source of folate for red blood cell production. Below is a delicious recipe from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for a Mediterranean Pita Pizza, featuring black beans.
Mediterranean Pita Pizza
|2 whole-wheat pitas (6-inch diameter)|
|¼ cup hummus|
|½ cup fresh or frozen spinach, chopped (if frozen, defrost and drain first)|
|½ cup black beans, rinsed|
|½ cup artichoke hearts|
|¼ cup non or low-fat Swiss cheese, shredded|
- Preheat over to 325ºF.
- Spread hummus evenly over pitas. Add beans, spinach and artichoke hearts. Top with cheese.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until pita is toasted. Let cool and enjoy.