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Healthy lunch recipes: Black Bean and Potato Tortillas

Posted Apr 12 2010 3:00pm


Since this month’s Meatless Mondays will be focused on healthy lunch recipes, I wanted to select recipes that are easily transportable.

There are a few reasons why I like this recipe so much: 1) it’s easy to prepare 2) it’s cost effective 3) it contains protein 4) of course, it’s transportable.

This is also the type of recipe that you can serve your kids and they most likely won’t event miss the meat! If you’re having difficulties finding corn tortillas, try Latin neighbourhoods or Latin food shops. You’ll also be able to pick up a few of the other ingredients and a number of tasty salsa (sauces) for your Black Bean and Potato Tortillas.


4 medium-large potatoes

1-1/2 tablespoon light or extra-virgin olive oil

1 medium-large onion, chopped

2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium green bell pepper, diced

1 4-ounce can mild diced green chiles

1 16-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 teaspoon ground cumin

Juice of 1 lime

6 6-inch corn tortillas cut into short, narrow strips


Microwave the potatoes until done but still firm. When cool enough to handle, peel and cut into 1/2-inch dice. Set aside. Heat the oil in an extra-large skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add the garlic and bell pepper and sauté until the onion is golden. Add the chiles, tomatoes, beans, and cumin. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Stir in the lime juice, tortillas, and potatoes and cook briefly, just until heated through. Serve at once.


Black Bean and Potato Tortillas

Servings per Recipe: 5

Amount per Serving

Calories: 340

Total Fat: 5 g

Saturated Fat: 0 g

Cholesterol: 0 mg

Sodium: 500 mg

Total Carbohydrates: 63 g

Dietary Fibre: 11 g

Protein: 11 g

*** This recipe is part of the Meatless Monday series. It’s easy to go meatless with a vegetarian pasta recipe!***

If this is the first time you are reading about our weekly Meatless Monday feature, you can find out the reason why we’re featuring these vegetarian recipes by visiting this link to read the full story: Why not go meatless on Mondays?

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