When trying to put together healthy meals black beans are a great thing to have on stock. They taste good and go well with meat, fish, BBQ and even go well in salads.
Black beans are also really healthy for you! The black bean’s fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6 and phytonutrient content all support heart health.
You can buy pre-made ones in a can but making your own is a better choice. I make a crock pot full on a Sunday and have beans for days… not literally in a row, but a pound of dry black beans will make up to 6 meals for two.
Easy Slow Cooker Black Beans
– 1 lb. black beans (be sure to remove small stones)
– 6 cups water
– 1 red onion (diced)
– 1 tsp. minced garlic
– 4 pieces turkey bacon
1. There are a lot of recipes that say to soak the beans for a determined time before cooking. I try to keep things easy and usually decide to make my beans last minute so I always skip this step.
2. Empty your beans from the bag and sift through to check for stones. Add to pot.
3. Cook your bacon. Add to pot along with any grease (usually not too much on turkey bacon).
4. Add your water, garlic and diced onion to the pot. Mix all items.
5. Cook on high for 3.5 hours. Check often to make sure you have enough water. If your water gets dried up your beans could burn.
I freeze in 2 cup increments in a freezer friendly bag. When defrosting place in a bowl of warm water 2-3 hours before you want to eat.