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.)
Black Bean Sloppy Joes (recipe adapted from April issue of Parenting Magazine)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.