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curried peas and black beans

Black beans taste great in a variety of dishes. These beans are among the superstars of the bean world; high in fiber, protein, folate and antioxidants.

The high quality fiber and water content in beans helps you feel fuller faster. This water soluble fiber benefits your digestive tract by allowing it work easier. A healthy digestive system naturally helps regulate blood sugar.

Black beans help lower cholesterol, improve nervous system function and cardiovascular health.  

Here is a delicious way to get black beans into your diet.

Curried Peas and Black Beans

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 cups cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tablespoon minced red peppers
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced red onion
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika

Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir together. Adjust seasonings to your taste. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Serve as a warm or cold side dish.

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Cindy's Recipes and Writings

As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
Currently I’m a cook at a college in Pennsylvania. We prepare everything we can from scratch, including our potato chips that tout the seasoning of the day!
Of course I write about food; it's in my blood!

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