I am a big fan of cooking once and eating twice (or thrice!).  Here is a quick and easy recipe that is light, tasty and can be used for three different meals.  Perfect for this time of year, as we begin to move into lighter meals that emphasis plant protein, salads and light soups.

Day 1:  The Black Bean and Corn Salad with Chips or Pita (Lunch)

I generally eat this dip with corn tortilla chips or toasted pita for lunch on Day 1 

Mix the following in a large bowl.  This will be the core component for the rest of the meals.

  • 2 Cans Black Beans (or any beans you have and like, I’ve made this with kidney and white beans as well).
  • 2 cups sweet corn (depending on the season I use either canned or fresh)

Toss with one or more of the following:

  • 1/2 Avocado (smooshed and mixed in to make the salad creamy)
  • 1/2 cup Salsa *it is also fine to not use salsa
  • 1/4 cup Vinaigrette (a simple balsamic and olive oil mix is wonderful
  • Sea Salt to taste

Day 2:  Quesadillas with a Salad (Dinner)

The second day, I make a quesadilla with:

  • A sprinkling of cheese
  • The bean and corn salad
  • Shredded chicken
  • Topped with sour cream and black olives

I will often serve this with a big green salad and broiled asparagus to round out the meal.

Day 3:  Stuffed Potatoes and Soup (Dinner)

For this day’s dinner I start early and put the soup in the crock pot.  I often make chicken tortilla soup with the stuffed potatoes.  About an hour or so before dinner I pop the potatoes wrapped in foil in the oven to bake them.  The actual prep for the dinner is simple once the potatoes and soup are done.

  • Cut open cooked baking potatoes and scoop out the inside flesh.
  • Mix that with the bean and corn salad.
  • You can add shredded cheese or sour cream if you’d like.  The farm we get our raw cheese from has a wonderful pepper jack I use for this!  (This recipe also works perfectly well without the cheese)
  • Re-stuff the potatoes with the filling.

You can serve just like this or reheated in a 350* oven for about 15-20 minutes.

So there we have it; a lunch and two dinners all around a simple bean and corn salad!  Bon Appetit!

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