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Black Bean Cake Recipe and Black Bean Salad Recipe
Black beans are a healthy and delicious protein source. They are also a very versatile food item. There are many different ways to prepare these yummy beans, and I like them just about any way they can be prepared. Making black bean cakes is one of the most unique techniques I have tried. I usually use canned black beans rather than spending the time preparing dried beans. I really like the new Sensibly Seasoned Black Beans from Glory Foods, because they are lower in sodium than other canned varieties.
Recipe for Black Bean Cakes
There are several different ways to make black bean cakes. Here is the easiest recipe I have found for black bean cakes. It tastes great, and is a real conversation piece at dinner.
Place all ingredients into your food processor. Mix until all ingredients are thoroughly blended and a paste forms. Heat your nonstick pan over a medium heat. After the pan heats, spray with nonstick cooking spray.
Put a large tablespoon of the seasoned bean mixture in the pan. Flatten gently with a spatula. You may want to spray the spatula with nonstick cooking spray to keep it from sticking to the top of the bean mixture. Your goal is to end up with a cake that is flat and even.
Repeat with additional bean mixture, as space is available in the pan. Brown the bean cakes on both sides, and they are ready to serve. Note: You can expect this recipe to make a total of four black bean cakes.
Black Bean & Tomato Salad Recipe
One of my friends brought this simple and easy dish to a supper club event, and I have made it several times since she introduced me to it. It is an easy side dish that anyone can make in no time at all.
1 Can of Black Beans, Drained
1 Can of Whole Kernel Corn, Drained
1 Fresh Tomato, Diced
1 Green Bell Pepper, Diced
1/2 cup Italian Salad Dressing
Place the black beans, corn, tomato, and bell pepper in a serving bowl. Pour Italian salad dressing over the top. Toss gently. Serve at room temperature. This is great as a side dish, and can also be used as a salsa, with the strategic addition of a few spices, such as cumin and cilantro.