Sunday, November 22, 2009

Black Beans with Cilantro

It is once again Meatless Monday. I've mentioned several times that we eat beans here quite a bit. Dry beans are so incredibly healthy and make really cheap meals. I'm using today's black beans to make bean burritos, but you can eat them as a soup, use them as a side, or think of your own creation with them!


one bag dry black beans (soak them for six hours)
drizzle of olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
kosher salt to taste
1/4 cup chopped cilantro+extra for garnish


Drizzle olive oil into a large pot over medium-low heat. Spoon in one teaspoon of the garlic and let it cook until it starts to get fragrant. Don't let it burn, though! Dump in your beans with their soaking water. The beans need to be at least one-inch covered with water, so add more if you need. Turn the heat up and bring the beans to a boil, then reduce the heat and cover. Cook for one hour.

After an hour, add the cilantro and salt. Cover and let it simmer for another hour. Taste and season with salt and garlic as needed. These taste best if left in the refrigerator overnight and reheated. Garnish with cilantro.

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