Did I forget to mention it is also easy to make and absolutely "delish!"
Personally, I love black beans! I don't know why, but I could eat them everyday. Luckily for me there are so many interesting recipes that can be made with black beans.
Are they healthy? You bet! Not only do they have a good amount of vitamins and minerals, they are also very high in immune building antioxidants and good quality fiber. If you are looking to boost the nutritional value of your meals, check out my July 2010-blog entry Powerful Reasons to Eat Black Beans
If you are serving this chili at a get together, put the cooked chili in a crock pot on low to keep it warm, and let guests help themselves.
Olive Oil Cooking Spray
4 cups of eggplant, peeled, seeded and cubed
1 large can of organic diced tomatoes ( or 4 cups tomatoes, peeled and chopped)
2-4 cloves of fresh garlic, diced
1 large onion, diced
2 cups fresh salsa (mixture of chopped tomatoes, green pepper, onion, cilantro, hot pepper all diced small)
1 can black beans, drained ( or make your own)
1 can kidney beans, drained ( or make your own)
1 hot pepper, seeded and chopped fine( optional)
2 tsp of ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground dry ginger ( not fresh ginger)
salt and freshly group pepper to taste
Garnish: 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Steam cubed eggplant until slightly soft and set aside.
In a dutch oven type pan, slowly saute garlic and onions in olive oil spray. Add the slightly steamed eggplant and cook for about two minutes, stirring frequently. Add diced tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, hot pepper (if desired) , cumin, cinnamon, ground ginger, ( fresh herbs if desired )and fresh chopped salsa. Cook on low covered for about 20 minutes until flavors mingle. Serve hot with gluten free corn muffins ( see recipe Aug 2 post)
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