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Healthy Recipe: Black beans with cilantro in the slow cooker

Posted January 2, 2011 8:13 p.m. EST

We featured a week of holiday recipes last month. And one reader noticed that none of them were really good for you.

She had a good point. So I promised we'd feature a week of healthy recipes in 2011. We're starting today!

Black beans play a big role in my family's diet. They're high in fiber, low in fat and provide an excellent source of cheap protein. We eat lots of them over rice, in tacos or salads. But I hate sitting over pots, watching things cook. So we usually ended up buying canned beans.

That's until I found this recipe for black beans with cilantro. I found it on the website A Year of Slow Cooking a few months ago. She shared a link to the recipe on Kalyn's Kitchen, another website. It's a simple recipe that involves dumping dried beans that have been soaked, chicken stock and some spices into a slow cooker. It really couldn't get any easier.  Click here for the recipe.

We ate the beans on top of rice and then rolled them up in some flour tortillas the next night, doctoring it up with a little cheese, salsa and sour cream (low fat of course). Delicious. And we still had plenty to stick in the freezer for another night.

Check back tomorrow for another healthy recipe.