Iron is an essential mineral that’s necessary for healthy hemoglobin, which is a protein that has a role in how well your blood transports oxygen. Without iron, you run the risk of anemia and being susceptible to illnesses or infections. While the recommended daily intake varies depending on gender, age, and health status, it’s important to have the right recipes to turn to.
1. Taco Salad
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels
- 4 large tomatoes
- 1 ½ cups cooked long-grain brown rice
- 15 ounces black, kidney, or pinto beans, rinsed
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- ⅓ cup prepared salsa
- 2 cups shredded iceberg or romaine lettuce
- 1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
- 2 ½ cups coarsely crumbled tortilla chips
- Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add both onion and corn.
- Cook, stirring until the onion begins to brown.
- Coarsely chop 1 tomato. Add it to the pan along with rice, beans, chili powder, 1 teaspoon oregano, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring frequently until the tomato cooks down. Let cool slightly.
- Coarsely chop the remaining 3 tomatoes.
- Combine with the cilantro, salsa, and the remaining ½ teaspoon oregano in a medium bowl.
- Toss the lettuce in a large bowl with the bean mixture, half the fresh salsa, and ⅔ cup cheese.
- Serve sprinkled with tortilla chips and the remaining cheese and fresh salsa at the table.