Friday 15 May 2015

Eat Healthy + Gluten-free #1 - Black Beans
This post is dedicated to all the mighty black beans in the world.

Ever since I ate Latin American food at Las Iguanas, I've been very hungry for some more. And all those times, the image of these fluffy black beans in a chunky burrito was floating in my head. And I just had to make that black bean chilli. So, shortly afterwards, we ran to the Waitrose, and got these lovely 'Black Turtle Beans'!

One of the most impressive facts about these lovely little black beans is that they are naturally high in protein, fiber, calcium and iron, but low in fat & calories + contain no cholesterol!

Black beans are amazingly beneficial nutritional source for those who are on a gluten-free diet, because all those nutrients listed above are the ones many of us need to consume more actively than others.

Moreover, as for myself with a family history of cancer, it's great to know that the antioxidants in black beans may help lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other diseases as it prevents the activities of these chemicals called 'free radicals' that damage our cells which can cause cancers.

Aren't they just amazing? :)
Is Eating Black Beans Good for You?The World's Healthiest Foods: Black BeansAntioxidants and Cancer Prevention.

With that in mind, I made these two delicious dishes using these  beautiful black beans!


80g of dried black beans, 1 tbs. olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic, 1 onion, 250g of ground beef, 400g of chopped tomatoes,
150ml of water, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper, 1 stock cube.

1 avocado, 1 medium size diced tomatoes, 1 tbs. of lemon/lime juice, 1/2 tsp. of finely grated garlic,
1/2 tsp. of grounded cumin, black peppers + salt to taste

My goodness, these gluten-free tortilla chips from M&S are so delicious! And it's £1! :D 

I made these gluten-free wheat + corn flour tortillas which were amazing though I still need some more improvements.

100g of boiled black beans, 40g of gluten-free quinoa, 50g each of roasted bell peppers & courgette, 50g of corns, favourable amount of sun-dried tomatoes + a couple of tablespoons of its oil, salt & pepper to taste

Doesn't it feel so good to have some healthy food in our diet? :)
I can tell my body is enjoying them too!

 The next Eat Healthy post in the following week will focus on quinoa!



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