Vegan Hobbit / Mentor
Joined: 06 Dec 2002
Location: San Mateo coastside
|Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:11 am Post subject: Do recipes off the Internet work?
|I ate at Cafe Gratitude recently http://bayareaveg.org/ug/display.htm?id=135 and one of the sides on my vegan tamale were these delicious black beans. They weren't spicy or heavily seasoned, but very nicely cooked and I enjoyed them.
So using my friend google, I searched for "seasoned black beans" and came up with this recipe from recipezaar
I could tell by the ingredients (jalapenos and lime juice) that it wasn't likely to be the same as what I had enjoyed, but I tried it nonetheless.
Hubby loved it (he likes spicy food). I thought it was good, maybe I'd try a tad less lime juice next time (as it's always easy to add more later, but harder to subtract)
So, yes, I think recipes off the Internet can work!
And, while I regularly cook lentils and split peas using inexpensive dried beans, it takes more planning for me to use dried black beans or chickpeas in recipes (due to soaking time). But next time I'm gonna use dried beans, or else extend the cooking time on the canned beans, because I like my beans really really soft ..
Quick and Easy Seasoned Black Beans
SERVES 6 (change servings and units)
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans
* 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
* 1 medium onion, chopped fine
* 2 jalapeno chiles, chopped fine (seeds removed if desired)
* 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
* 2 teaspoons ground cumin
* 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
* 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
* 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 In sauté pan heat garlic in oil on medium heat.
2. Add onion and jalapeño as oil begins to warm.
3. Add oregano and cumin and sauté, stirring frequently, until vegetables are tender, adding a few drops of water if they begin to stick.
4. Add contents of cans of black beans and bring to a boil.
5. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, to allow flavors to blend.
6. Add chopped cilantro and lime juice and stir.