Did you know that adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet can help with a variety of pain conditions? Both diets are very low in unhealthy fats but they can be high in the beneficial fats that help with the inflammation that can exacerbate pain. While you may not be ready to give up meat all together, consider adding a vegetarian or vegan dish into your diet once a week to experience the benefits. Here is a delicious and satisfying recipe to start with. You can find the original in Self Magazine.

You will need:

  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 small corn tortillas
  • 1 cup corn, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 medium sized red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1-2 small green chilies diced
  • 2 chopped scallions
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • Hot sauce 

Heat your oven to 400°F. Spray a baking sheet with the cooking spray to prepare. In a food processor, chop the garlic. Add the beans, oats, cornmeal, chili powder, ¾ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper to the food processor. Process this until the mixture is combined. You can scrape down the sides as needed. This should take approximately 1 minute.

Crumble the bean mixture by hand and sprinkle on the baking sheet. Coat the top with cooking spray. Bake until the mixture is firm and crisp on the bottom which should take about 10 to 15 minutes. Stack the tortillas and wrap them in foil. Warm them in the oven for 5 minutes. Combine corn, bell pepper, chilies, scallions, and remaining salt and pepper in a bowl. Sprinkle the mixture with lime juice for a zingy flavor. Divide the bean crumble among the tortillas. Top with the corn salsa you just made, cilantro, and hot sauce, if desired.

What are your favorite vegetarian or vegan recipes?

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