Delicious Black Bean Recipes to Try This Week
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Delicious Black Bean Recipes to Try This Week

 

There are a lot of people who think that healthy meals do not contain any fat or carbohydrates but only proteins. And that is why they try to eat only vegetables and chicken. This is true up to a point but one should not forget that there are other products that are very healthy even if they contain fats and carbohydrates. They contain good fats which every person, and women especially, should include in their diets.

Today we are going to show you a couple of recipes with a product that a lot of people avoid having but in fact, it is a very healthy one – black beans. Beans in general contain carbohydrates, proteins, and some fats and in general are very healthy and one should not exclude them from their diet. Here are two easy and delicious recipes to try this week which will make you fall in love with black beans.

#1 Black bean soup

Ingredients:

4 cans of black beans
4 cups of vegetable stock
1 jalapeno
1 red bell pepper
1 cup celery
1 cup carrots
2 cups of onions
2 tablespoons of olive oil
4 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of cumin
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper

Directions:

Step 1

First you need to get a deep pan or pot and to cut the vegetables into pieces. Then heat the olive oil in the pot. Chop the onion and heat it in the hot olive oil. Add the chopped celery and carrots and then the chopped bell pepper. Mix them all well and continue cooking them for a minute or so by continuing stirring.

Step 2

After that you need to cut the garlic cloves very thinly and to add them into the pot with the rest of the vegetables. Season the mixture with the salt and the pepper and then stir everything together well. Then add the chopped jalapeno in the pot and stir the mixture well once again. Continue cooking it for a couple more minutes by stirring it occasionally.

Step 3

Then season the mixture with the cumin. Directly after that add the black beans and the vegetable stock in the pot. Put the bay leaf inside and stir the whole mixture well. When this is ready you need to put the lid on the pot and let it simmer for half an hour.

Step 4

After the 30 minutes are over, take the lid off and stir the mixture once again. Remove the bay leaf from it as well. At this time the soup will be ready but if you want to make it thicker, you can use a blender for that. Put half of the soup in the blender and mix it. Then add the blended part back into the pot and mix it with the rest of the soup.

Step 5

And now that the soup is thick enough, you can serve it. You can garnish it with some pieces of avocado on top. As you know, avocados are also very healthy. You can have the soup both warm and cold.

#2 Black beans salad

The next recipe is also a very healthy one. It is also perfect for people on a diet, because it is a salad recipe.

Ingredients:

2 cans of black beans
2 cans of chickpeas
½ red onion
20 cherry tomatoes
½ cup of parsley
½ cup of mint
¼ cup of olive oil
¼ cup of vinegar
¼ cup of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper

Directions:

Step 1
First you need to drain the water from the cans of chickpeas and black beans. Leave them aside for some time to let them dry completely. Then get a big bowl and put the black beans and the chickpeas in it. Chop the red onion and add it into the bowl as well.

Step 2
After that you need to wash the cherry tomatoes and to cut them in halves. Add the pieces into the bowl with the rest of the products. Then get the parsley and chop it thinly. Do the same with the mint leaves. Add both the parsley and the mint into the bowl.

Step 3
Now you need to prepare the dressing for the salad. Get a small bowl and pour in it the olive oil. Add the vinegar, the lemon juice, the salt and the black pepper. Mix the dressing well and then pour it evenly on top of the salad.

Step 4
Then mix the salad carefully using a big spoon. It may take you some time but it is better to do it slowly and carefully then not to season it evenly. After that the salad is ready to be served. You may sprinkle the portions with some feta cheese on top.

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