Black Bean Quesadillas

An easy, healthy, tasty recipe. This would be handy to bring to work for lunch.

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Ingredients

2 tortilla wraps

1 tin black beans

half a teaspoon ground cumin

half a teaspoon ground coriander

a pinch of ground chili

about a handful of baby spinach

about a handful of grated cheese (I used goats cheese. You could also use other types of cheese such as cheddar)

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Step 1: Put 1 tortilla wrap on baking tray lined with parchment paper. (Unfortunately part of my wraps broke off so they are not perfectly round. 😛 )

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Step 2: Rinse and drain black beans. Put in a bowl and mash with a potato masher or fork. 

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Step 3: Add ground cumin, coriander and chili to beans and mix well. 

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Step 4: Spread black beans on top of tortilla wrap. 

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Step 5: Put spinach on top of black beans, then put grated cheese on top of spinach.

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Step 6: Put the 2nd tortilla wrap on top of everything and press everything together. Bake in oven preheated to 180 c for 10-15 minutes. 

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Step 7: Cut into quarters. Enjoy for lunch or dinner. If you have some leftover you can put it in the fridge and reheat it the next day. 

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Black Bean, Brown Rice and Sweet Potato Burgers

A tasty veggie burger recipe

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Ingredients

half a cup brown rice

1 cup water

2 sweet potatoes

1 tin black beans

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

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Step 1: To cook rice put rice and water in a saucepan. Bring to boil, then simmer for 20-25 minutes. (You could also use a rice cooker if you have one)

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Step 2: Peel and chop sweet potatoes. Steam or boil until soft (about 10 minutes).

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Step 3: Rinse and drain black beans. Put in mixing bowl along with cooked sweet potato. Mash with potato masher or fork. 

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Step 4: Add cooked brown rice, ground cumin and coriander to mixing bowl. Mix everything together well. 

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Step 5: Form mixture into burgers and place on baking tray lined with parchment paper. (I made 6 burgers from this mixture) Bake in oven preheated to 200 c for 25-30 minutes. Flip burgers halfway through to ensure that they are cooked evenly on both sides. 

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Step 6: Burgers should look like this when they are done. 

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Step 7: Enjoy these burgers for lunch or dinner. I had them for lunch with some steamed broccoli. If you have some leftover you can put them in the fridge and reheat them the next day. 

Chocolate Hummus

A healthy, tasty, high-protein chocolate spread

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Ingredients

1 tin chickpeas

about 2 tablespoons cacao powder or cocoa powder (use more for a richer chocolate taste)

1-2 tablespoons honey (use more for a sweeter taste)

a drop of vanilla essence

a few drops of water

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Step 1: Rinse and drain chickpeas. Put in nutri bullet (or alternative blender) along with cacao powder, honey, vanilla essence and a little bit of water.

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Step 2: Blend until smooth. Add some more water if it is too thick. 

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Step 3: Enjoy this hummus on bread or crackers. It should be OK kept in the fridge for a few days.