This is the supreme comfort food and if you serve it with a large salad or some steamed green veg it is a balanced meal because black-eyed beans are protein-rich. However, if you are feeding resolute carnivores it is great alongside red meat or poultry. Make enough for leftovers the next day, cold or warm. To reheat, just add a splash of water and warm briefly over a very gentle heat.
To feed 6 as an accompaniment or 3 as a main with a green accompaniment
2 medium-sized sweet potatoes, peeled
1 large bunch coriander, stalks and all, chopped
300g dried black-eyed beans soaked in boiling water overnight and boiled hard 15 mins and then cooked until tender
or 2 cans of tinned black eyed beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbs extra virgin oive oil (1 dsp for cooking and 3 dsp for mixing in at the end)
2 large red onions, peeled and sliced or chopped
2 heaped tsp cumin seeds
3 large cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1½ tbs lime juice
¼ tsp Himalayan salt or Atlantic sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
- Dice the sweet potatoes into 1 cm cubes. Then steam until the point of a knife goes in easily but they are not mushy. Drain carefully and keep the liquid.
- Place 1 dsp olive oil and 1 dsp water in a large heavy bottomed saucepan, add the onion and cumin and sweat (covered) on a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 mins. Add the lime juice, bring to the boil, then remove from the heat. Gently mix in the sweet potato, beans, the rest of the olive oil (1½ tbs), coriander, salt, plenty of freshly ground black pepper and ideally leave sit for an hour before serving. This intensifies the flavour.Why this is good for you:
Extra virgin olive oil, is good for heart health. It contains anti-inflammatory vitamin E, polyphenols and a whole host of other compounds shown to boost our health and vitality. Coriander helps sooth your digestive system and also helps reduce numbers of “bad” bacteria. Too many unhelpful types of bacteria in your gut can cause acne, digestive disorders and even anxiety states and low mood. Beans are a rich source of magnesium, deficiency of which is linked to stress, constipation, insomnia, anxiety and difficulties with skin health. Refined foods (sugar/white grains), alcohol, stimulants and smoking rob you of magnesium.