One of the best parts of the Weight Watchers Freestyle Program, if you were to ask me, is that beans are now zero points. I could easily eat beans every day. My 16 year old’s snack-of-choice after school is a large bowl of beans and rice.
So, in this household, beans and cheese are even a more popular comfort food than mac and cheese. A bowl of warm beans, even without the cheese (when I’m watching Points), leaves me full and satisfied. And if you prepare them without fat, they are good for you! (in addition to being 0 points)
Hey, have I mentioned that my favorite 0 point breakfast on a cold day is to cook an egg over-easy in my mini non-stick pan that I have just for egg frying and to put that on top of 1/2-1 cup of warm black beans and eat it all together? You *must* try it! And, well, if you have some extra points to spare, top with 1/4 avocado diced and/or 1/4 shredded reduced-fat cheese.
Let me take a minute to talk about spices here. If you are looking for an easy way to kick all your cooking up a notch or two, invest in good spices and spice blends. My favorite source for spices is Penzeys – they are both online and brick and mortar stores across the country. I shop with them at least once a month and you will often see their spice blends in my recipes. In my bean recipe, for example, I recommend using Arizona Dreaming which is a spice blend that lends a Mexican flavor to anything you use it on. No need to look for and measure out a collection of cumin, oregano, paprika, chili powder, etc., because it is all in the blend and perfectly balanced. Penzey’s also usually has spice giveaways when you buy a certain amount – the current offer is a free 1/4 cup of Sunny Paris and a 1/4 cup of Cracked Rosemary. (disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Penzeys in any way, and don’t receive anything from them other than what I buy for my personal use).