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Black bean patties with cilantro and lime

Black bean patties with cilantro and lime

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup chopped onions

1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers

1/2 cup chopped red bell peppers

1 tablespoon minced jalapeno peppers 1 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, undrained

1 1/2 cups dry bread crumbs

1/4 cup yellow cornmeal

2 tablespoons minced cilantro

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/4 cup (1 ounce) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

2/3 cup prepared salsa, for serving

Makes 5 servings.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, peppers, chili powder, oregano, cumin, salt and garlic. Saute 3 minutes or until onions are tender. Add beans; saute 1 minute. Combine bean mixture, bread crumbs, cornmeal, cilantro and lime juice in a large bowl; stir well.

Place 1 cup bean mixture in a food processor fitted with the metal blade and process until smooth. Add pureed bean mixture and cheese to remaining bean mixture; stir well.

Divide mixture into 10 equal portions and shape each into a patty that is 3 inches in diameter.

Wipe skillet clean with paper towels. Coat skillet with no-stick cooking spray and place over medium-high heat until hot. Add 5 patties in a single layer and cook 3 minutes or until browned, turning patties carefully after 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from pan and keep warm. Repeat with remaining patties. Serve topped with salsa.

Nutritional information per serving: 307 calories, 22 percent calories from fat, 7 grams total fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 5 milligrams cholesterol, 46 grams carbohydrates, 8 grams total fiber, 5 grams total sugars, 38 grams net carbs, 12 grams protein, 793 milligrams sodium.