Better than the Freezer Aisle: Copy Cat Weight Watchers Diet Santa Fe Beans and Rice
Back when I was teaching full time, I only had about a 25 minute (if I was lucky) lunch break. Grabbing a frozen meal as I walked out the door in the mornings was a no-brainer – it didn’t require any effort or forethought on my part, and it heated up quickly.
To help my conscience out, I figured that if I was going to eat a frozen meal, at least I could make it diet. Then, I became aware of the high amounts of sodium in those meals. So, I decided to only eat them every once in a while. But, lately, I’ve been trying to make better (read: more whole foods, or at least as few processed foods as I can stand to get away with) choices for myself and my family. So making my own freezer meals (and trying to make them as low in calories/carbs/fats as possible) seemed like the next natural step.
One of my favorite freezer meals was Santa Fe Beans and Rice by Smart Ones. It didn’t take long to find a recipe for it that I wanted to try. It was delicious – so much better than the frozen one – and it didn’t take long for me to have 8 diet friendly lunches in my freezer ready to go.
Santa Fe Beans and Rice
Heather @ onceamonthmeals.com; adapted from Stop Licking The Dog
- 2 cups brown rice, cooked
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 0.5 cups salsa
- 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning mix
- 15 ounces black beans, drained and rinsed
- 15 ounces frozen corn, thawed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 0.5 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup low fat sour cream
- 2 cups reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese, divided
Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, combine cooked rice, tomato sauce, salsa, taco seasoning, black beans, corn, salt, pepper, sour cream, and half of cheese. Pour into greased 2 qt. baking dish. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for 5-10 minutes longer until cheese is melted.
Allow to cool. Divide among quart freezer bags for individual servings. To Serve: Thaw. Reheat in microwave in 1 minute intervals until heated through.
Serving Size: 0.75 cup, Calories 216, Total Fat 5.1, Saturated Fat 2.5g, Total Carbs 36g, Fiber 6.2g, Protein 8.2g, WW Plus Points: 5
Nutritional Info for Smart Ones Santa Fe Beans and Rice Per serving: Calories 320, Fat 7g, Fiber 5g, Carbs 54g, Protein 10g, WW Plus Points: 8
**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann