Sunday, December 26, 2010

Follower Sunday: “Thank You Readership!” Guest-Chef Shelly Rael Shares Expertise and Converted New Mexican Recipe for Cerebral Palsy

By Anthony Sepe

Each Sunday, I thank my readership for their loyalty and dedication to my blog, by providing a healthy recipe.  For those that know, this is a healthy repeat, but for those that are unaware and are new to the blog, this is my way of “giving back.”  It is also a way to “Pay it Forward.”  Each Sunday, not only will you have a healthy recipe, but you will have an expert in the field of dietetics, food and nutrition, provide the healthy recipe to you.  It is my pleasure to introduce to you this week, my colleague, Shelley Rael, M.S., RD,  LD and her recipe:  “Black Bean Breakfast Burritos .”


Shelley A. Rael, MS RD LD, is a registered dietitian practicing in Albuquerque, NM. A product of a military family, she ended up in New Mexico in the mid-1980’s and never left. Now married to a native New Mexican, she considers herself a “converted” New Mexican. 

Having already had a family when she decided to major in nutrition, her education including her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition/Dietetics, dietetic internship, and her Master’s of Science in Nutrition were all completed at the University of New Mexico. She also works at UNM at the Employee Health Promotion Program, working in employee wellness and disease prevention. She also teaches one academic class a semester. She does whatever she can to help people with preventing disease and having a healthy life through healthy diet and lifestyle.   

She is active in the dietetics profession, volunteering for many boards/positions and currently the Chair-elect of the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group and Vice-president of the Osteoporosis Foundation of New Mexico. She has also held many positions with the New Mexico Dietetic Association since 2000. She love networking with her colleagues and earning from others.

Shelley and her family are also active people: she runs, cycles, and take part in physical activity regularly. Her husband cycles and part of a local racing team and their son is in college and is lifeguard with the City of Albuquerque.

Shelley blogs at and can be found “tweeting” latest health and wellness news at


Breakfast burritos are THE breakfast of New Mexico, but they can be very high in calories because of the eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage, and potatoes. Trading out the meat and potatoes for the high-antioxidant black beans helps increase the fiber, keep the protein up and reduce the fat.


  1. - 4 whole eggs
  2. - 1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  3. - ½ cup Monterey jack or cheddar jack cheese
  4. - ¼-½ cup green chile or salsa
  5. - Four 6-8”flour tortillas


  • Pre-heat skillet and coat with cooking spray.
  • Whisk eggs together in a bowl and pour into the pre-heated pan.
  • Once the eggs are partially cooked, add black beans.
  • Stir/mix the beans and eggs together until fully cooked.
  • Sprinkle cheese over the eggs and beans evenly.
  • Divide egg, bean and cheese mixture among the 4 tortillas.
  • Top each tortilla with 1-2 Tablespoons of green chile or salsa (to taste).


Visit often and remember:  Shelley blogs at and can be found “tweeting” latest health and wellness news at

Thank you for visiting and reading,


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