Beans beans the musical fruit…

Why eat beans? Not only are they a great meatless option, they’re nutrition powerhouses. An excellent source of fibre, protein and complex carbohydrates, beans also contain calcium and iron. As beans are plant-based proteins, they don’t contain all nine essential amino acids. To complete the protein, combine with a grain such as bread, rice or pasta. Examples: hummus and pita, peanut butter and toast or garbanzo beans and couscous-like the following recipe:

Mediteranean Couscous salad
Ingredients for Mediterranean Couscous Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ingredients:

3 cups couscous, cooked (prepared with low-sodium chicken stock)
1 1/2 cups garbanzo beans (chickpeas), cooked
1 cup diced cucumber
1 cup diced red pepper
1/2 cup diced red onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
Dressing:
3 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp mustard
1 Tbsp honey
1/4 tsp pepper

Directions: Mix all ingredients together and add dressing to taste.

Makes 6 servings, one cup each.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 258 calories, 10g fat, 35g carbs, 7g protein, 5g fibre, 42mg sodium

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