I’m not going to lie, I have a hard time getting my family on board with loving beans as much as I do. As in, no one else will eat beans with me. I thought Oliver was on my side until he recently started picking them out of his chili and quesadillas.
Then this week I made black beans with cilantro & lime. I know what you are thinking…”how could anyone turn down black beans with cilantro & lime (and beautiful, grass-fed white cheddar cheese)?!?!”
Turns out both my kids can. 🙁
But this story has a happy ending because Ryan willingly took seconds!! Maybe it was the melted cheese on top that had him. But I really think he was transformed before we even sat down as every time he walked in the kitchen he asked, “what smells so good?”
These beans simmering in garlic and onion all afternoon would convert anyone into a bean lover.
- 16 oz dried black beans
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ c onion, diced
- ½ tsp savory leaves
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp salt
- ½ lime, juiced
- ⅛ c cilantro, chopped
- white cheddar cheese for topping (optional)
- Place beans in a medium bowl and cover with water. Soak 6-8 hours or overnight. Rinse before ready to use.
- In a medium saucepan combine beans with 6 c water, garlic, onion, savory leaves, cumin and salt.
- Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer beans over low heat for 2½ - 3 hours.
- Before serving, add lime juice and cilantro.
- Serve with white cheddar cheese if desired.
- Leftover beans can be frozen.