In celebration of Meatout today, which is the world’s largest annual grassroots diet education campaign, this series of posts is aimed at people who are ready to explore a wholesome and nonviolent diet of fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains. According to the people at FARM, the purpose of this yearly event is to “expose the public to the joys and benefits of a plant-based diet…” (To read more about Meatout, visit their website!)
When it comes to first forays into meatless meals, I suggest starting with something familiar, easy, and that can easily translate into leftovers. That means less planning and preparing down the road since the bulk of the work is done. It’s all well and good to decide to make a positive change, but it’s certainly easier when hunger hits to be able to grab a few essentials and make something that feels like your normal, everyday meal, just without the animal products. No one wants to be left staring into the refrigerator with a stomach that is screaming “Feed me!” and wondering, “Now what do I do?”
For this series, I’ve given my recipe for Spicy Black Beans. Over the next few posts, I’ll show you how those same black beans can play a leading part in several different and tasty meals. In a way it’s like leftovers, but it doesn’t feel tired because it brings new flavors and textures with it in the form of different entrees. (If you want to make all four recipes, you’ll likely need to double the batch.)
I’m starting with Spicy Black Bean Tacos! These Spicy Black Beans can slip effortlessly into warmed whole wheat tortillas or corn shells. Add all of the usual suspects – chopped romaine or kale, tomatoes, salsa, red onions, and avocado.