Slow Cooked Black Beans

Black Bean w/ Smoked Salmon & Plantains

This weekend I’m planning on making a huge batch of slow cooked black beans with smoked salmon.
This is a filling, fibre-packed, healthy meal I make every once in a while when I feel I need a bit more protein and sustenance.
I’ve just had two guilt-free months of no running (or any other workout), and it’s time to get back on a regular exercise routine – sadly, I cannot afford to go on for long periods without some form of exercise.

Cut Vegetables
Colourful Smoked Salmon Mixed & Ready for Slow Cooker

I have my beans going on the stove as I write this, and in the morning I’ll cut up my vegetables, I use a lot of vegetables in this dish.
A trinity of onions, tomatoes and peppers – which forms the base for most of my soups, sauces and stews, for this particular batch, I use whatever other vegetables I have around at the time.
The last time I had some bell peppers, carrots and broccoli stalks so that’s what went into the pot.
I love how it’s so colourful, I save some after I toss in the beans, I add a bit of olive oil, lemon juice and salt and pepper for a fresh and tasty salsa.

Slow Cooker Black Beans & Smoked Salmon

After adding spices and a little oil, everything goes into the slow cooker (my rice cooker does a pretty good job of slow cooking too) and slowly cooks for about six to seven hours.
When it’s done, I get a rich hearty stew, spicy and full of flavour and comforting.

Slow Cooker Black Beans & Smoked Salmon

The great thing about this black bean dish is that it pairs well with many sides, it’s awesome served over rice, quinoa, couscous, etc.
I’ll have to get some plantains this weekend, you’d almost think this stew and plantains were made for each other, it’s delicious!
It freezes and keeps well, so I don’t have to worry that I’ve maybe made too much.

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  • Reply Sam

    Hey, so this picture is ALL over Pinterest, but for the life of me I can’t find the recipe anywhere, and it looks fabulous! will you share the recipe?

    25 September, 2013 at 12:28 pm
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