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  • Makes 2 bowls

This hearty microwave meal uses just six pantry staples to create a mouthwatering dish full of good-for-you ingredients. Chunks of tender potato are mixed with red kidney beans, refreshing pico de gallo salsa, and smoky spices to bring Southwestern flair to some plant-based basics. Feel free to add extra salsa, frozen veggies, or a sprinkling of cilantro to really kick things up a notch. When you’re short on time but don’t want to skimp on flavor, make this quick meal in the microwave for lunch or dinner that will satisfy your rumbling tummy on a tight schedule.

Southwest Potato and Red Bean Bowls


  • 2 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 15-oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained (1½ cups)
  • ½ cup purchased pico de gallo or salsa
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Pinch paprika or chili powder
  • Sea salt, to taste


  1. Poke potatoes a few times with a fork or knife. Wrap in a damp kitchen towel; place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave 4 to 5 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork or knife.
  2. Let potatoes stand until cool enough to handle. (For faster cooling, place them in refrigerator.) Peel potatoes, if desired, and cut into 1-inch chunks. Divide between 2 bowls. Add remaining ingredients, dividing equally; mix well.

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a vegan chef specializing in whole-food, plant-based cuisine. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of the Forks Over Knives: Flavor! cookbook, recipe author for the book Forks Over Knives Family, and recipe contributor to The New York Times best-selling book The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives magazine, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit for more.

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