Nutritious Lunch recipe
The food industry has a multitude of processed foods such as lunch meat, white bread, canned soups, and boxed lunches which contain chemicals and preservatives to increase shelf life. Many of these processed foods also have added sugar so they will taste better. When choosing foods to purchase, READ INGREDIENT LABELS. If you cannot pronounce it, you shouldn’t eat it! Scientific studies indicate several serious health risks are associated with processed foods including obesity, Type II Diabetes, heart disease, and gut inflammation.
This nutritious lunch recipe below is one of my favorites. I prepare it Sunday night and divide it into lunch size servings so it’s ready in the morning to be packed for lunch. This homemade pinto bean recipe has few chemical additives and preservatives. Best of all, it is high in nutrition and fiber which help regulate the digestive system. It’s a filling meal and helps with weight control.
Flavorful Pinto Beans
2 cups Pintos (soak in water overnight or 6-9 hours)
1 tsp. minced garlic
½ cup chopped sweet onion
½ Tbsp. sweet paprika
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Chili powder
Water or gluten free veggie broth to cover beans
2 tsp. Sea salt
½ cup organic diced tomatoes canned or fresh
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
Clean and rinse beans. Place in large stewing pot. Cover with hot water and soak for 6-9 hours or overnight.
Using the same water, cook beans for 1 hour. Check liquid level in 30 minutes, add more water/broth to cover beans if needed.
Drain beans, keeping the bean juice for use later. Set beans aside.
Heat coconut oil in stewing pot. Sauté onions until translucent.
Add garlic, paprika and tomatoes and stir until tomatoes are cooked and mushy.
Add chili powder, salt and cumin, cook slowly on low until the flavors are aromatic.
Add beans, and bean juice back to stewing pot.
Bring to a boil and simmer until beans are tender.
Consuming plenty of fiber will help your gut stay healthy. Eating a variety of foods that are high in fiber is a good idea in any diet plan.
Meal planning, using a grocery list, cooking ahead, and home cooking are ways that I maintain my gluten free lifestyle. Everyone is busy but with a little preparation, you can make it work!
If you are ready to learn more about choosing and preparing gluten free foods and how to integrate preparation into your lifestyle, then contact me to schedule a free call to discuss working one-on-one to evaluate your specific needs.
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Health & Wellness Tips by Julie Semones