Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Two-for-One Black Bean Recipes

I have to be honest with you - I never ate black beans growing up in our American-Armenian household. Nor had I ever heard-of – or - seen black beans used in any of my family’s Armenian recipes.

So, why am I posting a recipe featuring black beans? ‘Cause I like them, and they make a perfectly delicious salad - and more.

Today's offering, Black Bean Salad, can be transformed into yummy Black Bean Burgers by adding about ½ cup (or more) of flour to the mix, smashing ½ cup-worth of the bean mixture, adding it back to the bowl and mixing it all together. Then shape the mix into 8 patties, chill for 15 minutes, and pan fry them on both sides in a little oil. Serve with the spicy yogurt sauce, and you’ll have a hearty, healthy meal!
Black Bean Salad

Black Bean Burgers with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

Black Bean Salad with Spicy Yogurt Sauce

    2 (15-ounce) cans low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
    2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped (1 cup of canned diced tomatoes, drained, may be substituted if fresh tomatoes are unavailable.)
    1/2 cup red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, chopped
    1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (flat-leaf parsley may be substituted)
    1/2 cup onion, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 teaspoon ground coriander
    Kosher salt to taste
    freshly ground black pepper to taste
    2 Tbsp. olive oil
    1 Tbsp. lime juice

    In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients. Mix until well combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Spicy Yogurt Sauce

Spicy Yogurt Sauce

    1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
    2 to 3 tsp. lime juice
    2 Tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped (flat-leaf parsley may be substituted)
    1 tsp. ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    Dash of cayenne pepper
    Kosher salt to taste
    freshly ground black pepper to taste

Spicy Yogurt Sauce

In a small mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes before serving allowing time for flavors to develop.
NOTE: This recipe can easily be doubled.

To Serve: Garnish the black bean salad with a dollop of yogurt sauce. 

1 comment:

  1. I've never been a fan of veggie burgers, but I have to admit I went for seconds after cooking this one! So simple and easy.