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5-Minute Rice and Beans

Parents labelPrep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Cook the rice according the package directions.
  2. Drain and rinse the canned black beans. Be sure not to skip this step; draining and rinsing canned beans can decrease their sodium content by 40%.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the cooked rice, beans, and salsa. Microwave for about 2 minutes or until warmed throughout.
  4. Stir in the avocado and bell pepper.
  5. Divide the mixture into 4 servings; place a scoop on top of shredded romaine lettuce and serve.

Serves: 4

Serving Size: About 1½ cups

This recipe has important nutrients for mom and baby, including:

Fiber

Fiber is a nutrient that can help ease the constipation commonly associated with pregnancy. Whole grains — like whole-wheat bread, whole-grain cereals, and brown rice — and fruits, vegetables, and legumes (beans, split peas, and lentils) are good sources of fiber.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C plays an important role in tissue growth and repair and bone and tooth development. Vitamin C also helps the body absorb iron. Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes, and fortified fruit juices.

Reviewed by: Meredith Parkinson, RD, LDN

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