Author: firstname.lastname@example.org | Category: Appetizer, Beans, Brown Bagging, Entree, Full Plate Generation, Instant Pot Recipes, Nutrition, Recipes | Tags: beans, fat-free, high fiber, Recipe, sandwich, Vegan, vegan plant-based, Whole Food
The American Egg Board has been using their slogan, “the incredible, edible egg” since 1977. They wanted us to think that eggs were a healthy food choice that could be used in a variety of ways. Like so many unsuspecting Americans, I bought into that concept for many years. What’s so incredible about raising chickens in crowded conditions so that we could eat a food that’s high in cholesterol? Too bad that incredible slogan is already taken because I think beans are pretty incredible on so many levels. They’re high in fiber, protein, vitamins and they’re versatile. I just finished making a pot of black beans, you know, just because . . . just because I made a batch of recaito yesterday and decided to use it to make black beans. After quick-soaking the beans, I sauteed the recaito right in my instant pot, added the beans, water, liquid smoke and Sazon seasoning; pressure cooked on high for 6 minutes and was done. And while I was waiting for the pressure to come down, I thought about how this pot of beans fits in with my “one mess, many meals” habit. So, here I go. A bowl of black beans with brown, white or Spanish rice. Soft corn tacos stuffed with black beans, rice, avocado and salsa. Black bean spread with tortilla chips. Black beans smashed onto a tortilla, layered with avocado, lettuce, tomatoes and onions. Strangely, I even made a sandwich of black beans, sauerkraut and mustard on rye that reminded me of corned beef. Wow! That’s a stretch, but something in those beans did that for me. It’s easy to see that you can make several different, healthy meals with just one pot of beans. Now that’s incredible!
I happened to have two cups of dried beans on hand which made a little over a quart of cooked beans. If you want to make more, here’s how it breaks down: for every cup of dried beans, use 1/2 cup of water, 1/4 cup of recaito, 1/2 teaspoon of Sazon and 1/4 teaspoon of liquid smoke. The great thing about making recaito and freezing it in small portions is that all of the flavor is in there — peppers, onions, garlic, cilantro, culantro. You can find my recaito recipe here. (You can purchase recaito in the Spanish food aisle or freezer section, but home-made is much more flavorful.) The beans came out on the dry side, but that’s what I was after. You can adjust the amount of liquid and cooking time depending on your preference and experience with pressure cooking beans. Make a pot of black beans and make something incredible. Thanks for being Vegi-curious.
Smoky Black Beans in an Instant Pot
- 2 cups black beans, soaked overnight or quick-soaked
- ½ cup recaito
- 1 teaspoon Sazon seasoning
- 1 to 1-1/2 cups water
- ½ teaspoons liquid smoke
- Salt (optional)
Set instant pot to saute setting. When hot, add recaito and cook until it starts to brown and its liquid evaporates. Add beans, recaito, Sazon and water. Secure lid and cook from 4 to 6 minutes, depending on your pressure cooker. Release when pressure has come down naturally.
If you don’t own a pressure cooker, you can use canned beans and simmer on the stove top for about 30 minutes, adding water as needed, until the flavors mingle and the beans thicken.
28 Mar 2016