Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Black Bean Lettuce Bundles

Last week I had the enormous pleasure of helping Karen Ring, the "Healthy Eating Specialist" at the Bellingham, MA Whole Foods teach a class on packing a healthy lunchbox. We focused on presenting the kids (and moms!) who came to the class with delicious and FUN options for lunch. When I'm packing a lunch for my kids, I try to focus on something substantial, something creamy, something crunchy and something sweet. One of my personal favorites is one of the "Health Starts Here" recipes from Whole Foods: The Black Bean Lettuce Bundle, which serves 4, or one hungry Veganmama. They are sort of a Mexican-inspired lettuce wrap. ENJOY!

2 cups cooked no-salt-added black beans
1/2 large avocado, mashed
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
3 scallions, chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 T fresh lime juice
1 tsp. cumin
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup mild low-sodium salsa
8 large romaine lettuce leaves

Mash beans and avocado together with a fork. Mix all remaining ingredients, except lettuce. Place approximately 1/4 cup of filling in the center of each lettuce leaf and roll up like a tortilla.

What kid wouldn't like this instead of the old PBJ standby?

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