Mexican Black Bean Salad

Mexican Black Bean Salad

This healthy vegan black bean salad is an easy main dish to make and a great item for your weekly meal prep. One batch is enough for four servings. Full of protein, fiber and healthy fats, it pairs well with roasted sweet potatoes or rice. Adding sliced avocados to this salad right before serving would make it extra delicious. I like my bean salad a little on the spicier side, so I’ve added jalapeño slices and cayenne pepper for a little extra kick, but feel free to omit those ingredients.

Mexican Black Bean Salad
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Mexican Black Bean Salad
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Ingredients
Seasonings
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl combine the rinsed and drained black beans with the chopped olives, red onion, olive juice, and jalapeño slices. Add the garlic, salt, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, and fresh cilantro. I like to add the diced tomato last so it doesn't get too mushy from mixing the ingredients.
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Homemade Seitan Recipe

One of the major criticisms of a vegan diet is that a lot of the meat alternatives are processed and full of unnatural chemicals and additives. But you don’t have to rely on packaged, processed “fake meats” to get your protein on a vegan diet. Making your own seitan is a cheap and easy alternative to buying packaged meat alternatives at the grocery store. The result of this recipe is a low calorie, low carb, high protein chicken alternative that you can add to salads, tacos, pasta dishes – whatever your heart desires. Each serving of this recipe has about 80 calories, 4g carbs and 17g protein per serving.

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Homemade Seitan
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Seitan or "wheat meat" is a meat substitute that is made from wheat gluten. Seitan is believed to have originated in ancient China, as a meat substitute for adherents of Buddhism. This recipe creates approximately 25 pieces of seitan which can be used as a chicken substitute. Add it to tacos and burritos, salads, wraps or sauté with seasoning - the possibilities are endless.
Servings Prep Time
10 (approximately) 25 min
Cook Time
30 min
Servings Prep Time
10 (approximately) 25 min
Cook Time
30 min
Homemade Seitan
Print Recipe
Seitan or "wheat meat" is a meat substitute that is made from wheat gluten. Seitan is believed to have originated in ancient China, as a meat substitute for adherents of Buddhism. This recipe creates approximately 25 pieces of seitan which can be used as a chicken substitute. Add it to tacos and burritos, salads, wraps or sauté with seasoning - the possibilities are endless.
Servings Prep Time
10 (approximately) 25 min
Cook Time
30 min
Servings Prep Time
10 (approximately) 25 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
Dry Ingredients
Wet Ingredients
Broth
Servings: (approximately)
Instructions
Dry Ingredients
  1. In a large bowl, add the 2 1/4 cups vital wheat gluten, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 2 tbs nutritional yeast, 1/4 tsp paprika, 1/2 savory seasoning. Mix well until all the seasonings have been distributed evenly throughout the mix.
Wet Ingredients
  1. In a liquid measuring cup combine 1 2/3 c water and 3 tbs liquid aminos.
Combine & Knead
  1. Slowly add liquid to dry ingredients, stir until well mixed. You should end up with dough that's not too wet or too dry. (Not all liquid has to be used.) Knead the dough for a few minutes until it is well combined. There shouldn't be any dry areas where the dry mix is still flaking off. The dough should be very firm and slightly elastic. Place the dough back into the mixing bowl, cover with a towel and let rest for 15 min.
Broth
  1. While the dough rests, combine the 12 cups water, bouillon & liquid aminos in a large bowl. You can play a lot with the flavor here, adding more or less salt or bouillon to suite your tastes. Bring pot to a boil.
Simmer
  1. When the 15 min have passed, stretch the dough (it should be much softer now). Divide the dough lengthwise so you have two loaves of seitan. Slice each half into evenly sized pieces. Put the pieces in the boiling water. Simmer for 30 min. Take note, the seitan pieces will puff up a lot! That's normal. Stir occasionally during the 30 min to keep the seitan moist, as the pieces may float up out of the water.
Storage and Cooking
  1. Let cool a bit before cooking. Now you can prepare it any way you'd like. Sauté with seasoning, bake and cover with the sauce of your choice or eat it "raw" in a mock chicken salad. The options are endless! Store in an airtight container with the broth to keep its optimal flavor. Before cooking, squeeze out the excess broth in the seitan.
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