When you are trying to eat a diet filled with whole, unprocessed plant foods, it is easy to feel hungry and bored when everyone around you is dining on grilled meats, gooey cheeses and sugary desserts full of calories, cholesterol and saturated fat.

This is one of my favorite recipes because it is easy to make, has tons of flavor and can be enjoyed as a side or a complete meal. My carnivore friends often ask for seconds, especially if I place a bag of tortilla chips next to the serving bowl…

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Southwest Black Bean Salad
Colleen Kachmann is a certified integrative nutrition health coach and author of Life Off the Label: A Handbook for Creating Your Own Brand of Health and Happiness. See more at colleenkachmann.com
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  1. Chop or dice all of the vegetables to bite size of choice. The avocados will provide the creamy texture, so pre-mash if they are not ripe enough to "dissolve" on their own. Add the spices, and toss thoroughly.
  2. Serve over lettuce and add a salad dressing or garlic vinaigrette of choice. A few tortilla chips crumbled over the top create a restaurant-style entree.

In the picture, the flowers are from my cilantro plant. The flowers need to be pruned to encourage growth, but they are beautiful and edible, so enjoy!