Recipe Recipe By Healthy Eating For Families

Bean Soup with Chayote Squash and Rice

4 – 6 servings

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 60 minutes


1 onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tablespoons fair trade olive oil

3 (15-unce)z cans red beans, drained

2 cups water

1 vegetable bouillon cube

1 yellow chili, seeded and minced

1 jalapeño, seeded and minced

1 (15-unce) can diced tomatoes with liquid

Juice of 1 lime

2 chayote squash, peeled, seeded and cut into cubes (may substitute yellow squash or zucchini)

Fresh cilantro

4 cups cooked white rice


Sauté onion, bell pepper and garlic in oil until translucent. Add beans, water and bouillon, and heat thoroughly. Add yellow chili, jalapeño, tomatoes, lime juice and chayote, and simmer on low for about an hour. Add cilantro and serve over rice.

Nutritional Information per serving: 388 calories, 14 grams protein, 71 grams carbohydrate,  5 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 14 grams fiber, 396 milligrams sodium

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