This recipe uses a "fresh" ingredient, garlic, and it is simple and delicious! I found the recipe/guidelines for this recipe from yet another healthy living blog, Fitnessista. I tell ya, they know how to make healthy good.
First, rinse your beans. Rinse all the dust/dirt off and sift through for any rocks or nasty looking shriveled beans.
Add the cumin, oregano and the WHOLE HEAD OF GARLIC.
Note: I used two heads of garlic because they were itty bitty heads
That's right, you put the whole head of garlic in. I don't know if you need to, but I slice off the tiniest part of the top where the "stock" part is. Don't peel. Don't peel. Don't peel. Just dump.
When you serve the beans, ladle them into a bowl and top with goodies like cheese, sour cream (or plain yogurt) avocado, tomato, chips. Don't serve the garlic, you can fish that out and toss it when dinner's ready.
This recipe is so good, that my "picky-eating age kids" will have 2-3 bowls of it for dinner. The garlic flavor is amazing, and it's such a simple yet hearty meal. If you have any leftover beans, you can just measure them into portions and freeze them to use in other recipes as needed.
Garlic Black Beans
2 lb bag of dried black beans
head of garlic
1 Tbsp cumin
1Tbsp dried oregano
salt to taste
Rinse your beans and add to slow cooker, cover with water. Add head of garlic, cumin and oregano. Cook on high for four hours and on low for four hours. Add water as necessary. Add salt to taste before serving.
Top with salsa, sour cream, avocado, cheese, tomatoes, and/or chips.