A basic bean recipe that can be dressed up with spices when you are ready to make it your very own.
- 1 C dried black beans, or 1 can drained and rinsed
- 1 green pepper
- 1 onion
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
- 4 C water or vegetable broth
- 2 T vinegar (optional)
- Salt, pepper (optional)
- Sliced lemons for flavor and decoration
Soak dried beans overnight in a bowl of water, enough to cover them. Rinse and drain. Simmer the beans in a covered pot of water enough to cover them for an hour, or until just soft. Drain and rinse beans.
On medium heat, sauté onion in a pot with a splash of orange-carrot juice, broth or other liquid. Add green pepper and bay leaf. Add everything else and cook together in the 4 cups of water for 1 hour, or until beans are soft. Add vinegar, lemon or spices when soft, if desired.
Arrange lemon slices on top for flavor and decoration.