I am feeling thankful today for my sniffer. The past few days I have been suffering from a pretty nasty cold, completely congested, not smelling a dog-gone thing. The pleasures of cooking and eating are lost when you can’t smell the aromas and can’t taste the flavors of food. This morning I woke up and I could literally smell the coffee and I was so happy!!
Still not feeling ambitious enough to make a full-blown completely-from-scratch meal, this Meatless Monday dish was perfect for such a day. I used seasoned black beans from a local St. Louis producer but you could certainly use any canned or dried black beans. (Tip: washing canned beans helps to wash away some of the sodium and the indigestible sugars that can cause unpleasant side effects.)
Sauté 3 minced garlic cloves in olive oil for about 1 minute. Stir in 2 cups of black beans, 1 cup salsa, 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard and 1 tsp. ground cumin. Simmer about 10 minutes; spoon onto buns, top with lettuce and shredded cheddar.
|Black Bean Sloppy Joes (recipe adapted from April issue of Parenting Magazine)|
until next time...