Inflammation is the body’s self-protective reaction to injury or irritation, often presenting as localized pain, heat, redness, or swelling. This condition can wreak havoc on cells, tissues, and organs throughout the body, resulting in everything from pain and arthritis to premature aging and cancers. Fortunately, certain foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, macronutrients, and antioxidants—like that in this recipe, to help provide protection from inflammation and help achieve optimal health. From The Power Bowl Recipe Book.
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes | Serves 2
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 whole-wheat tortillas, cut into 1″-thick strips
8 ounces extra-firm tofu, crumbled
1 cup corn
1 (8-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 large tomato, chopped
1⁄2 cup nonfat yogurt
1⁄2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1. Coat a large skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add tortilla strips and cook until lightly browned and crisp, 3–5 minutes. Remove from skillet and place on paper towels to absorb excess moisture.
2. Add remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil to skillet and cook tofu crumbles until cooked through and lightly golden, about 7–10 minutes.
3. Add corn and black beans to skillet, season with salt and cayenne, and stir to heat through and thoroughly combine, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
4. Place equal amounts of tortilla strips in each of two serving bowls and top each with 1 cup lettuce. Spoon equal amounts of tofu mixture on top of lettuce, add half the tomatoes, and spoon 1⁄4 cup yogurt on each bowl. Garnish each bowl with 1⁄4 cup shredded Cheddar. Serve hot.
PER SERVING Calories: 609 | Fat: 25.8 grams | Protein: 35.8 grams | Sodium: 1749 milligrams | Fiber: 14.5 grams | Carbohydrates: 59.9 grams | Sugar: 16.3 grams
- TOFU: protein helps with muscle repair and plays a role in many processes in the body needed for proper metabolic function
- TOMATO: lycopene combats free-radical damage and fights inflammation
- BLACK BEANS: fiber supports healthy blood sugar levels