Healthy Eats

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March 18, 2021

Have you ever failed at a diet because you just can’t stand eating the same boring salads and vegetables at every single meal? Don’t give up, L2B can help you spice up those vegetables in a tasty and healthy way that you will love! According to the American Heart Association a plant based diet is the healthiest diet for Americans, so cut down on the meat and see how much you’ll like these veggies, grains and legumes.

Fried Eggplant Salad
1 eggplant, sliced
1 package pre-washed spinach and arugula blend
1 tomato, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1. Warm oil in skillet on medium-high.
2. Slice eggplant into rounds and fry in olive oil. Let cool.
3. Slice tomato into rounds. Season to taste.
4. Stack tomato, spinach and arugula on top of each eggplant round.
5. Stick a toothpick through the center to keep everything in place.

Hearty Vegetable Stew
1 can crushed tomatoes (substitute with a few fresh, diced tomatoes if you like)
1 white onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed with garlic press
1 container vegetable broth (or equal amount of water)
4 carrots, chopped
1 can chili beans
1 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 zucchini, sliced into half circles
1 package spinach
1 package celery
1 can green beans (or fresh green beans))
salt and pepper (to taste)
1 teaspoon cayenne

Pour vegetable broth in large pot on high heat. As it warms, add tomatoes, onion, garlic and spices. When pot reaches a boil, add carrots, celery, zucchini, spinach and green beans. Boil for 5 minutes. Lower heat to low and let simmer for twenty minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chili beans and garbanzo beans. Continue to simmer for one hour. Salt and pepper to taste.

Spinach Couscous with Garbanzo Beans
1 box couscous
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ white onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed with garlic press
2 cans garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 package pre-washed baby spinach
¼ cup water
½ teaspoon cayenne
½ teaspoon cumin
salt and pepper to taste

1. Prepare couscous following box directions.
2. As couscous cooks, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot in a nonstick skillet. Add onions, garlic and spices. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add spinach, continue cooking for 30 seconds. Add beans and water, and stir often for 5 minutes.
4. Finally, add cooked couscous to bean mixture and gently combine to create one dish.