We started it with big dreams and lots of willpower, and then these came along and we kind of fell off the wagon.
But I’m proud to say that we’re back at it.
And by we, I mean he.
Since I’m not really exactly doing the whole lifting weights thing, I figured the best thing I can do is try to start making some more high-protein (meat?) dishes. Lean meat, of course. Please tell me cheeseburgers are considered lean meat?
Peppers, onions, jalapenos and black beans topped with spicy meat (lean meat!) and cheese – that’s this black bean casserole. It’s mostly my gift to Bjork for working so hard at P90X, and partly my gift to myself for avoiding P90X.
Comfort food meets good-for-you food. I could definitely get used to this.
This southwest black bean casserole is made with ground turkey, black beans, peppers, and cheese. Healthier comfort food!
- 1/2 lb. ground extra lean turkey
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed, diced
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
- 5 garlic cloves, minced
- 2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1-2 chopped seeded tomatoes
- 1/4 cup crumbled bacon
- 1/2 cup (2 oz) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey and a handful of the onions to the pan, sauteing until meat is browned. Remove turkey and set aside.
- Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion, pepper, and jalapeno, sauteing for 4 minutes and stirring occasionally. Add salt, cumin, red pepper, and garlic. Saute for 1 minute, stirring constantly (I added a tablespoon or two of water to keep things from sticking in the pan.)
- Stir in broth and black beans. Bring mixture to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Mash beans to desired consistency.
- Spoon mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with turkey, bacon, tomato, and cheese. Bake at 425F for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Top with green onions and let cool for atleast 10 minutes (otherwise it will be too runny).
- Serve with sour cream, tortilla chips, on tacos, on a salad, or just eat it plain!
PS. You definitely earn extra healthy points by eating this cheesy goodness with multigrain tortilla chips. Definitely.