Meatless Mondays is a weekly feature where I share my hits and misses with living a meatless life. Many of you know I stopped eating meat about a year ago for personal reasons. While, I haven’t had any desire to go back to eating meat, it has been a struggle to find healthy foods to eat.
Everywhere you go, meat is the main dish. Since I was new to this lifestyle, it led me to eating unhealthy options. I’m on a path now to cook healthier options at home without meat. While going meatless is a personal choice for me, you can still save money by having one meatless meal a week.
Will you join me on this journey by preparing one meatless dish every week? There is a movement called MeatlessMonday.com where you can learn more!
Southwest Black Bean Pizza
- Pizza Crust
- 1 can of black beans, drained
- 1/4 c. salsa
- peppers (I used orange, yellow, and red)
- shredded Mexican Cheese (any variety you like)
- cilantro (optional)
This recipe is so easy and very versatile.
Slice the onions and peppers. Sautee.
While the onion/pepper mix is cooking, combine the beans and around a 1/4 cup of salsa in a blender or food processor. Of course, I used my favorite tool – the Ninja. Add salsa until it is the consistency of regular pizza sauce. I used Rosarita Salsa Verde, which I had leftover from a previous review.
Start with a crust base. Any type will do. I tried this with thin and thick and loved both versions. I buy the pizza crusts at Meijer based on a recommendation from my friend Cherie (Queen of Free). Having these on hand makes it quick and easy for us to throw together a homemade pizza of any sorts. My oldest son is quite the dough maker. When we have more time, he is very good at helping make the pizza dough.
Spread the bean mixture on the crust like you would normally.
Add your toppings. (Chop if you would like for easier eating!)
Top with cheese. I used Kraft Authentic Mexican Style cheese which must be a limited edition and it isn’t showing up on their website but it is a blend of queso quesadilla asadero and manchego cheeses. If you are looking for that authentic Mexican style cheese, this is what you want.
Sprinkle a little cilantro.
Cook at 375 degrees until the cheese is melted.
Post Dinner Analysis
I based this recipe on my friend Kelly, Faithful Provisions, Black Bean Pizza recipe. I love this recipe. It combines my two favorite loves – Mexican and pizza into one tidy dish. What I love about this recipe is its versatility. Use whatever items you have in your fridge! I just happened to have a pepper mix (red, orange, yellow) and cilantro in our fridge. You could also chop up tomatoes and put them on top to suit your tastes.
Freeze the ingredients separately or assemble the pizza and freeze for an easy dinner.
Meat it Up
If you are a meatarian, you can top with diced chicken.
Use vegan cheese.
If you have any questions about the vegetarian lifestyle, you can read more about it at GoVeg.com.