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Cuban Black Beans with Mango Relish

The black beans used here are flavored with sea vegetables; they are salt-free and available at health food stores and some supermarkets. Veggie “ham” adds traditional flavor without the unhealthful baggage.

The black beans used here are flavored with sea vegetables; they are salt-free and available at health food stores and some supermarkets. Veggie “ham” adds traditional flavor without the unhealthful baggage.

Servings
8

Ingredients

Mango relish

  • 2 mangos, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 scallions, bottoms and 2'' of green, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbs. chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp. light brown muscovado sugar

Cuban black beans

  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 6-oz. pkg. soy Canadian "bacon," diced
  • 2 15-oz. cans salt-free black beans, well drained
  • 1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. lemon pepper

Preparation

To make Mango Relish: Mix diced mangos, bell pepper, scallions and parsley. Squeeze lime juice over all, stir well and stir in sugar. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

To make Cuban Black Beans: Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat for 1 minute. Add garlic, onion and “bacon.” Saut8E for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add beans, vinegar, cilantro, cumin and lemon pepper. Stir in hot sauce to taste. Reduce heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes, or until ready to serve.