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Recipe courtesy of AUNI, the Agaston Urban Nutrition Initiative

When Michele Obama challenged American schools to create healthy cafeteria recipes for a national competition, many Philadelphians sprang into action. WHYY Friday Arts chronicles the coming together of numerous forces, including chef Daniel McLaughlin, the non-profit AUNI, the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, and the Philly children and teens who participate in AUNI's cooking clubs, to create a delicious and healthy menu that any school would be proud to serve.

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Yield: 6 servings



  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion - diced
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 bell pepper - chopped
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed, and mashed
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper


  1. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Stir in onion, garlic, and bell pepper and cook until tender.
  2. Stir in mashed beans. Mix in cumin, paprika, cayenne, chili powder, and salsa.
  3. Cover, and cook 5 minutes.
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