This is one of my favorite recipes, given to me by a friend from graduate school from 19 years ago – YIKES! I have tweaked the recipe to make it nutrient dense. My family has not eaten black beans and rice in about a year, due to our following the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) diet by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. This diet does not allow black beans or rice. Now that we have healed our guts and cured our seasonal allergies and Ryan’s ADD, we are eating it again, and oh, what fun! As an added bonus, it is another great way to use bone broth!
2.5 cups dry black turtle beans (about 2 packages)
10 cups of chicken bone broth
1 large tomato, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 large green pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp. ground cumin seed
6 strips of bacon
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp salt
2 tsp white pepper
2 tsp oregano
Rinse and sort beans and soak in water with 2 TBS of lemon juice or whey for 12 hours or more.
After soaking, rinse beans again and sort beans that are split, too hard or funny looking, and discard those.
In a large pot, put beans and 10 cups of chicken bone broth and bring to a boil over medium high heat. After steadily boiling for a couple of minutes, reduce heat and cover tightly. Simmer for 1.5 to 2 hours, until beans are tender.
In a frying pan, put one cup of olive oil and bacon chopped up into small pieces and fry for a few minutes. Do not let the bacon get fully cooked. You don’t want it crisp. Add your veggies and sauté for 10 minutes.
During the sauté period, increase the temperature of the beans and bring back to a good boil. Add your veggie mixture and oil - all of it. Add seasonings.
Cover and simmer 40 minutes. Serve with herbed rice (that means rice with some ground thyme).
Rice: Rice has a lot of starch. Be sure to rinse rice thoroughly. If you have the time, let it soak for a half hour or so to remove more starch. Cook the rice using chicken bone broth.
Note 1: When done, sauce should be pretty thick. If not, it’s amendable. Just keep cooking for awhile. Then turn the heat off and let it sit until cool. This usually does the trick.
Note 2: Bacon is optional. If you have collected some bacon grease, throw that in instead.