quick and easy black beans*

We made these yesterday to go along side our pupusas. They smelled so yummy while they were cooking! We could smell them from across the kitchen! I love black beans, but I know some people are scared of them. Or maybe it's because they have only had them straight out of the can with no spices or anything else. They're not the greatest all by their lonesome. 

These beans really are "quick and easy". My only challenge was I didn't have a smasher to smash them very well, so I used our immersion blender for the first time. This was quite the adventure! I am not lying, this thing is ENORMOUS! When I was blending the beans, I was holding the blender up literally over my head! I think it's about 2 feet, and that is no exaggeration! I should have taken a picture because I'm sure it would have been hilarious! However, it did just the trick (after making a huge bean mess all around me)! I actually blended up half of the beans so that they were a sort of refried bean texture, and then added the rest of the whole beans so it didn't look quite so mushy.

Quick and Easy Black Beans
from Our Best Bites
2 Cans Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 T olive oil
2/3 C diced onion
2-3 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced
2/3 C chicken broth (or water, I use broth for extra flavor)
1/4 t cumin
1/4 t coriander
1/4 t oregano
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1 lime

In a saucepan on the stove, heat the olive oil to med-high heat. Saute onions for about 3 minutes or until they just start to become translucent. Add garlic and saute abut 30 seconds more. Add beans, broth, and remaining seasonings and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and simmer for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. When they are done cooking, remove from heat and add in a few squeezes of fresh lime juice. Then use the back of a spoon or rubber spatula so smoosh (yes, that's a technical culinary term) some of the beans. You don't want to pulverize them, but you want to take a bunch of good smooshes so that some of the beans are smashed, which will thicken the sauce. I like mine on the thicker side so I smoosh quite a bit. They will thicken more upon standing.

If you want a more soupy consistency, just add a little more broth.

makes 6 - 1/3 cup servings 


P.S. today is day 1 of biggest loser! I am hoping to have some good and good for you food on here in the near future!! Guaranteed I will be having a green smoothie for breakfast everyday!



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