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Black Bean Lettuce Wraps (And my Weekly Menu Plan)

I intended to post this recipe during the 31 Days of Lame Excuses series.  I was going to title it, “But Veggies Don’t Fill Me Up . . . ”

But I didn’t post it.  I could come up with an excuse for why I didn’t . . . .

Anyway, this is a recipe that I created while we were on our two-weeks-of-veggies-only diet a few months ago.

It’s good.  And it’s filling. 

Here’s what I found: Veggies don’t fill me up when I’m totally addicted to sugar. 

When I’ve eliminated sugar, somehow fruits and vegetables are ever-so-much-more satisfying.

It’s not as fun to say that now as it was when I was rocking the veggies thing.

Y’know, since I’ve been sneaking Halloween candy for the past five days.

But the principle is still true.

And really, this was the most filling recipe we tried.


2 Cans Black beans

Garlic (to taste)

Onions (to taste)

Cumin (to taste)

Large lettuce leaves (whatever kind you like)

Fresh Guacamole


Put onions and garlic in a skillet with a little olive oil over medium heat.

Drain and rinse the black beans, and then mash them with a potato masher right in the skillet.

Season with salt and cumin.  If the beans are too dry, add water, salsa or chicken stock.

When the beans taste right to you and are warmed through, serve them by wrapping in a lettuce leaf with fresh guacamole.  I like to roll mine tightly, so they’re pretty-looking . . . but Hubby doesn’t worry about that.

Yum.  Seriously.  And not just yum-because-you-can’t-eat-anything-else-on-this-diet. Even my 9yo loved these and has requested them again.

Our menu plan for this week:

Monday – Crockpot chicken teriyaki with broccoli

Tuesday – Jambalaya

Wednesday – Faux Alfredo

Thursday –Chicken fried rice

Friday – Out to eat!

Saturday – Homemade pizzas


I’ll be linking this up over at Menu Plan Monday!

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