Sunday, July 17, 2016 / ... comments / make-ahead , Slow Cooker , Vegan , Vegetarian
Slow Cooker Black Beans
Cooking dried black beans makes for easy, nourishing, and inexpensive meals. Here's an easy black beans recipe made in the slow cooker.
Cooking dried beans is so easy! Ditch the cans and try homemade beans instead. You'll save money and gain flavor. With the help of a slow cooker, dried beans practically cook themselves. Instead of mushy, high-sodium, beans from a can, cooking dried beans results in perfectly tender beans. This week I cooked a batch of dried black beans to use throughout the week in tacos, salads, and soups. I'm so glad I've finally made the switch from canned to dried beans. My pantry is now stocked with glass jars filled with beautiful dried legumes.
I've always used canned beans for their convenience. I've been meaning to switch to dried beans for ages, but just haven't until now. During the week I'm often a last-minute cook, deciding the dinner menu based on what we have in the fridge. And that leaves no time for soaking and boiling beans. Finally it clicked that we use beans in multiple meals every week, so why not cook up a batch and store in the refrigerator. Cooked beans even freeze well, so my concern that they could go to waste didn't even make sense.
Bean based meals have a few fantastic perks. I've heard some people say that eating a healthy, meatless diet must be expensive. In reality, plants can be much less expensive than animal products. For example, I can make a big pot of veggie chili for much less than it would cost to get my family fast food burgers. Second, beans are a great replacement for meat. Black Bean Burgers are always my preference over meat burgers. Try the Black Bean Burgers with Mango Avocado Salsa in my cookbook! If I haven't convinced you, check out 7 Reasons Vegetarians Live Longer and you may just make the swap a few nights a week.
Black beans have many health benefits!
- Plant based protein. Cooked black beans have 15.2 grams of protein per cup.
- High in fiber. Cooked black beans have 15 grams of fiber per cup - that's half the recommended daily value for an adult.
- Heart health support
- Digestive tract support
- High in antioxidant and inflammatory phytonutrients source
There are just two steps and 1 ingredient needed to make black beans in the slow cooker.
Step 1: soak the beans in water overnight. Step 2: Cook. So dang easy, right?
Black beans are so versatile. Most kids I know (granted, we live in California) love burritos and tacos with beans. Cooked black beans were a staple when my kids were toddlers, as they are the perfect little finger food. Some friends even use black beans to make healthier brownies, though I've never really been a fan.
Slow Cooker Black BeansYummy Mummy Kitchen
Black beans recipe made simple in the slow cooker. Feel free to change up the spices any way you like. Sometimes I add a teaspoon of taco seasoning.
- 2 cups dried black beans
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- Pick over the beans, looking for any little stones or blemished beans. Place beans in a bowl and cover with water. Soak overnight.
- Drain water and transfer beans to a slow cooker. Cover beans with about 2 inches of water. Stir in onion, garlic, spices, and salt.
- Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Different slow cookers will cook the beans at different rates. Check your beans after about 5 hours and then every half hour until they are tender.
Prep Time: 5 mins.
Total time: 8 hrs. 5 mins.
Tags: slow cooker, health, beans, Mexican, Vegetarian, Vegan