Southwestern Nacho Bean Bowls are a festive meatless meal that is fun for the whole family to make and are even more fun to eat!
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At your home, are there arguments over who chooses the dinner menu?
My kids are in a constant battle to see whose favorite meal is made; will it be sloppy joes or nachos? I admit, sloppy joes usually win – my daughters beloved nachos don’t quite meet my healthy dinner specifications.
I decided to make her favorite meal healthier – so we can both be happy.
Her fave nachos consisted of chips, refried beans, salsa, and shredded cheese.
Her brother is not a fan, he wraps the toppings in a tortilla. Who am I to argue with a 10 year old who refuses deep fried chips?! 🙂
I did have to keep him in mind with the new nachos.
A simple solution was found to make everyone happy.
Let your children choose their favorite way to enjoy Southwestern Nacho Bean Bowls – with chips, all wrapped up, or as a bean bowl.
Did you know beans are the most concentrated source of plant-based protein in the world? Between 6 – 11% of a cooked bean’s weight is protein!
I love incorporating beans into meals for many reasons. Beans are naturally low in fat, have no cholesterol, and provide more fiber than most whole grain foods. They are also inexpensive – my pantry always has a large variety of beans on its shelves.
For kids and adults alike, protein in a meal is important for satiety. Fiber is just as important in feeling full longer which typically equates to less calories eaten. This is very helpful for those looking to lose weight. A high fiber meal also helps keep kids full longer – so they don’t raid the snack shelf so often.
Presentation matters when serving children new foods. A high quality product certainly helps.
Those black beans need to look appetizing for your children to want to eat them. In this recipe, I used S&W Organic Black Beans. Check out the photos above, those black beens are beautiful. They are premium quality which is very appealing to the eye, and taste even better.
Check out all the delicious varieties of beans S&W has to offer on their website.
If a food looks great, but sits on the plate, it provides zero nutrition.
I like offering a different textured bean to go along with whole beans. My son is not a huge fan of whole beans, however, if they are mashed or pureed, he eats them without complaint, providing him with a great source of protein, fiber, and nutrients that might have gone uneaten otherwise.
You can easily turn a can of whole beans into a can of refried beans with one tool. A blender.
I use my immersion blender – which is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets – but any blender will do.
Simply drain a little of the liquid from the can, place the immersion blender directly into the can, and blend. Voila – refried beans! Without all the lard.
I used S&W Pinto Beans which worked perfectly. It’s very convenient to open the can and have this healthy food transformed into “refried” beans in 30 seconds.
The blend of black beans and “refried” beans looks amazing, and tastes even better!
Southwestern Nacho Bean Bowls start with a base of quinoa or farro.
I prefer mine with just the grain base, no chips. It makes for great leftovers for lunch. 🙂
Use lots of bright vegetables to get kids loading up their plates.
I used my children’s favorites – corn and avocados – and my fave – shredded Brussels sprouts and peppers. Choose whatever your family enjoys.
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Southwestern Nacho Bean Bowl
- 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed such as S&W
- 15 oz. can pinto beans, blended or mashed if desired such as S&W
- 1 can corn nuggets, drained
- 1 -2 cups quinoa or farro, cooked per box instructions more if serving bean bowls
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese
- 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
- 1/2 pepper, chopped
- 4-5 Brussels sprouts, cut crosswise to shred
- 1 lime, sliced optional
- 1/3 cup cilantro optional
- chips optional
- tortillas optional
For Yogurt Sauce:
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup salsa
- salt to taste
To assemble bean bowl:
Layer grain (quinoa or farro) onto bottom of bowl.
Top with beans, veggies of choice, and yogurt sauce.
Mix yogurt and salsa together, season with salt.
Wrap bean bowl into tortilla, scoop with chips, or eat as is!
I’d love to hear what meals are fought over at your house! 🙂
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