Wednesday, August 25, 2010

black beans

Black beans are both delicious and nutritious. They will make you strong . . . strong enough to beat up your friends who make fun of you for cooking.

A cup of cooked black beans has about 15 grams of both protein and fiber, and they even have a fair amount of those B-Vitamins you see peppered throughout energy drinks. However, don't let that decrease your energy drink consumption, as they make you appear significantly more extreme.

Ginning them up with a bit of seasoning and serving them alongside rice works great. They taste good with eggs too, or really with anything that you like to eat beans with.

If you don't want to take the time to make them from scratch, start with a can of black beans. Preferably low-sodium if you can find it, because they can have a fair amount of salt, and salt leads to erectile dysfunction. It's just science.


1 c dry black beans
1/2 jalapeno seeded and minced
1/2 onion diced
1 clove garlic minced
1 t cumin
1 small lime
1/4 c cilantro chopped
salt to taste

Pick through your dry beans to make sure there aren't stones or weird beans. You don't want to eat those. Soak the beans in 3 cups of water for 6-8 hours or overnight.

First thing the next morning, drain and rinse the beans, then put them in a pot. Add 3 cups of water. Don't salt this water, it will make the outside of the beans tough. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 45-60 minutes. They're done when you can squish one easily between your tongue and the roof of your mouth, or when you get bored of simmering beans.

Now that you have your cooked beans, saute the 1/2 onion, 1 clove garlic, and 1/2 jalapeno. When they're getting soft, toss in the beans, cumin, and lime juice. Cook that for a couple minutes, and then remove the pan from the heat. Toss in the cilantro and season with salt.

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