Crock-Pot Black Beans Recipe

OK, so I am in love with this whole clean eating thing. I feel great, I'm not famished all the time and...I'm losing weight. Bonus.


So, my son came down the stairs this morning and said, "mmm, what smells so good?"


Beans I said. Yes, I put some black beans in the crock pot first thing, and they smell friggin yummy...here's the recipes:


Crock-Pot Black Beans
1 lb (16 oz) dried black beans
water
1 small onion chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped very small
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder (or more to your tastes)
1/2 tsp ground hungarian paprika (I get this at Natural Grocers and LOVE it)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


Rinse the beans and sort out any funky non-beanness that can be in dried beans. Now, most people soak their beans overnight...I rarely get this done. I simply dump the rinsed beans in the crock pot. Add water until about 2 inches above the beans. (depending on your crock pot you may have to watch the water level closely and add more later if it cooks down too far). Add the remaining ingredients and cook on low for 6-8 hours. 


I use these a couple of ways. I either add some chopped peppers and cooked chicken or cooked ground turkey when they're done and it's sort of a chili. Or I use it as a side dish. Or I simply put it in the refrigerator and have it at the ready to add to ezekiel wraps etc for my lunches through the week.