Chunky Bean Spread Sandwiches

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30 minutes or fewer

Here is a cool and casual sandwich that really satisfies. Make sure to use a fresh, crusty bread. Any leftover bean spread will keep in the refrigerator for up to two days. Meal Plan: A simple slaw goes well with these sandwiches. Make it before starting the bean spread. Use packaged coleslaw cabbage (preferably one that includes some carrot and red cabbage) and dress in a natural low-fat vinaigrette or ranch dressing. Serve stone-ground tortilla chips and a spicy salsa with the meal.

  • SERVINGServings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium green or red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch chunks ( 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup pimiento-stuffed green olives
  • 1 to 2 scallions, green parts only, coarsely chopped
  • 2 (16-oz.) cans pinto or pink beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbs. soy mayonnaise or reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • Salt to taste
  • Whole-grain or rye bread slices
  • Thinly sliced plum tomatoes
  • Alfalfa or other sprouts or shredded lettuce

Preparation

  1. In food processor, combine bell pepper, olives and scallions. Pulse on and off several times, until mixture is coarsely chopped into approximately 1/4-inch pieces.
  2. Add beans, mayonnaise, lemon juice, cumin and salt, and pulse on and off until mixture is evenly chopped but still chunky. Transfer to medium bowl.
  3. Let everyone assemble his or her own sandwich as follows: Spread a generous amount of bean mixture on one slice of bread, top with tomato slices, some sprouts and another slice of bread.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 6 servings
  • Calories: 316
  • Carbohydrate Content: 57 g
  • Fat Content: 5 g
  • Fiber Content: 10 g
  • Protein Content: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 1 g
  • Sodium Content: 907 mg