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.
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.