Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Black Beans with Scallions and Lime

I love black beans, love em. I think it goes back to the evil Portuguese restaurant I worked at, because they were always on the menu. They are so tasty and so good for you. In doing research on the healthy aspects of adding black beans to your diet I learned that the color coat of black beans contain at least 8 different flavonoids. What are flavonoids? They are phytonutrient pigments that have great anti-oxidant potential. And you can't go anywhere now a days without hearing about anti-oxidant rich foods and how they fight off the effects of free radicals in the body. You also can't go anywhere lately without hearing about the effect that Omega-3 fatty acids have on overall health, well, guess what, black beans have that stuff too. And let's not forget fiber, nature's broom people, nature's broom. No one likes to be constipated, no one. Black beans contain 15 grams of fiber per serving, that's almost 60% of your daily value of fiber in one sitting, no pun intended. So eat black beans, they are great tasting and great for you.

I adapted this recipe from the latest issue of Everyday Food magazine.

Black Beans with Scallions and Lime
2 cans (17oz each) black beans drained and rinsed
1 scallion chopped, green and white parts separated
zest of one lime
juice from one lime
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

In a medium saute pan heat oil to medium, add white part of scallions and cook until tender, 3 minutes. Add black beans and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add lime juice and zest, cook for another minute.

Serve warm garnished with green parts of the scallion and salt and pepper.

Rating = So Damn Good

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