Monday, January 31, 2011

Meatless Monday: Spicy Black Bean French Bread Pizza

Having a sister who is a vegetarian has exposed me to a new type of cooking and the impact of being a carnivore.  Countless studies lately have shown the impact that eating meat has on the environment and humans around the world. By eating just one meat-free meal a week, we can make a huge impact (in a good way)! 

Becoming vegetarian (or vegan) is a personal choice, and not one that I am trying to push on anyone. I tried it once, and it wasn't for me (meat is just too tasty!). But I do propose that you step outside your comfort zone and get creative in preparing meatless meals on a regular basis. I've found that it's fun and inspiring to create meals that provide good protein and are filling without being centered on a meat. You may even surprise yourself (or your meat-loving man) with new foods. 

I've already created a section of vegetarian recipes, but I'm going to try to post more frequently as we try to eat at least one meatless meal a week. 

Here's this week's recipe: Spicy Black Bean French Bread Pizza.

your favorite french bread loaf (we actually used ciabatta bread this time)
1 cup spicy black bean dip
1 cup salsa
1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
hot sauce (optional)

1. Slice the loaf of bread in half long ways.  Spread half of the black bean dip on each half.

2. Top each half with salsa, pepper, avocado, and cheese.

3. Sprinkle with hot sauce (optional).

4. Place in oven at broil until cheese is bubbly and browned slightly.

5. Cut loaf halves into pieces and serve!

Serving Suggestion: Serve with tortilla chips and leftover salsa and black bean dip on the side. Or slice up the remaining half of the avocado to cool your mouth after the spicy pizza!

Bon Appetit!
The Food Whore

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