Costa Rican Bean night

I am married to a Costa Rican – yep, my name’s a dead giveaway… 😉

Costa Rica is NOT a coastal region of Spain – it’s a small Central American country with amazing wildlife, culture and food.

Being married to this Costa Rican is not only fabulous because he happens to be an amazing person, but he has opened my eyes to the delicious food of Costa Rica – and I’ve tried my hand at cooking it.

To stave off yearning for the neo-tropics, we have “Bean Night’ here in the UK quite frequently.DSC_0471 copy


Bean Night is great for several reasons. Firstly, it is super family-friendly. Our kids LOVE bean night (especially now with gluten and corn-free, protein-packed tortillas and limey guacamole to make a fabulous, green sticky mess with!).

SDSC_0455 copyecondly, it is super nutritious! Black beans are 20% protein (like a lot of pulses), and serve a decent whack of calcium, iron and magnesium, as well as vitamins including B6, which is used to make serotonin and to protect nerve cells. That’s just the black beans!  

Bean Night includes a lot of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs, e.g. lime (vitamin C, which helps your immune system), avocado (vitamin E, essential fatty acids and B vitamins (involved in energy production) and coriander (vitamins A, C, E and K). DSC_0462 copy

Check out my Bean Night recipe HERE

Let me know what you think!

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