Recipe For Black Bean Salsa

I loathe the word diet, and really believe that a change to our eating thoughts and plans make a far better long term difference than dieting. Here are a few hints and tips:

  • have your first meal within 90 minutes of waking up
  • start your day with fruit and to make it a complete meal add yoghurt, sunflower seeds, wheatgerm, raisins etc. Do not eat fruit after a meal
  • have muesli, granola or cereal as your mid morning snack
  • for lunch eat bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, or any other starchy food and do not have protein with your starch
  • for a mid afternoon snack have a handful of nuts
  • for supper eat protein and accompany this meal with vegetables in the form of salads etc.

disclaimer – I am not a dietitian, this is our eating regime which works for us!

Since we have changed our eating habits to not include starch at night with our protein meal, I have been using a lot of beans. We have been eating beans in many forms and one of them is as a mash. My dad was really impressed with the mash, but my mother was more impressed that I was eating beans. This has always been one ingredient on my I will not eat list since I was a child. My mom sent me a recipe for a bean salsa which I am sharing with you – she used red beans to make hers. I chose to use up the last of the black beans I had in my pantry as Dave does not particularly like the way they colour the food when I cook with them. You can however use any beans you like.

do you eat beans?

Black Bean Salsa
Black Bean Salsa

Black Bean Salsa Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 250mls whole beans, soaked overnight and cooked until al dente or 1 tin of beans
  • 2 ribs celery, sliced
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • ½ red or yellow pepper, sliced
  • 1 whole spring onion, sliced
  • 1 corn on the cob, corn removed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 1.25mls ground cumin
  • Zest of 1 Lemon
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Generous handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
Method
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl
  2. Add the juice of the other half of the lemon if you need to
  3. Adjust the seasoning
  4. Serve cold

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Tandy

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50 thoughts on “Recipe For Black Bean Salsa

  1. Totally share your sentiments regarding dieting–lifestyle changes make a bigger difference to your health.
    Love this salad–summery and colourful

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    1. Thank you Usha 🙂

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  2. What a delicious looking recipe! I shall be making this for certain. Thanks, Tandy!

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    1. Thanks Kate, and thanks again for tweeting it 🙂

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  3. What a colourful, healthy recipe.
    Christine (Food Wine Travel) sharing the blog ♥ Café And Macarons In La Ville-LumièreMy Profile

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    1. thank you Christine 🙂

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  4. I love this colourful salsa, Tandy!

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    1. Thank you Zirkie 🙂

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  5. Re your opening sentence….I wholeheartedly agree.

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    1. It is worse than a swear word 😉

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  6. Love this recipe, Tandy and great tips!!

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    1. Thank you Squishy 🙂

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  7. So colourful and appealing!
    Jacqueline sharing the blog ♥ 5:2 Diet – Avocado, Apple & Hazelnut Salad = 227 caloriesMy Profile

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    1. Thanks you Jacs. I find it easier to eat food that looks good 🙂

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  8. Wholeheartedly agree with you that diet is a loathsome word. It’s all about lifestyle changes.

    We love black bean salsas, but we’ve never tried them with carrots or lemon juice like this. I’m excited to give it a try!

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    1. let me know what you think of this variation 🙂

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  9. Ha! I like Garfield/Lorraine’s saying. Diet…what an ick word.

    Beans however, great word. This household thankfully loves them. I was eating (trying to anyway) a chickpea salad yesterday. I couldn’t eat it quick enough, as every spoonful seemed to be going into a little chubby baby’s mouth instead. Yep, she likes beans too 🙂

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    1. I think its amazing that the little one will eat what you eat! Its so much easier that way 🙂

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  10. Yes 🙂 And the salsa does look very good
    Can I ask why you don’t eat fruit after meals? Just curious!

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    1. I don’t eat fruit after a meal due to the way it is digested 🙂

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  11. I eat beans at LEAST once a week! Love the sound of this salsa!

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    1. I like that this lasts in the fridge so that I can have left overs for lunch 🙂

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  12. I also do not believe in the word diet. However mindful eating is a better term for what I do. I love black beans and cumin together such a lovely combinations of vegetables and flavors.

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    1. I love the term mindful eating! That is what I shall do in future 🙂

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  13. I like your philosophy on diets. I have tried so many and always find just portion control and not eating past 7 (no bread at dinner for me too) just works.. and it’s simple to follow. I love this bean salad.. too cute that you never used to eat them. I bet your mom is longing to say I told you so:) xx
    Barb Bamber | Just a Smidgen sharing the blog ♥ An Evening with AvivMy Profile

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    1. We don’t eat supper until after 7pm so you must eat very early Barbara. I am sure my mom will say that!

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  14. What a great interpretation on salsa!

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    1. thank you 🙂

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  15. Sounds reasonable. I have a similar way of eating. Maybe a bit more for a breakfast 🙂

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    1. I have to force myself to eat that early, but some mornings your breakfasts are VERY tempting 🙂

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  16. I’m with you Tandy – I hate diets too. It is so much easier to try to gradually add some healthier options to our existing eating habits – like beans. And nuts – I love nuts.
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    1. That is such a good way to change eating habits Amanda 🙂

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  17. I have always enjoyed beans of all kinds and cook with them often. This is a favorite dish that I serve in the summer with grilled meats.

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    1. It is a great summer dish Karen 🙂

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  18. Love this one, Tandy. It looks very attractive too. Thanks for the recipe. 😉

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    1. my pleasure, and thank you AD!

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  19. Yep, dieting sucks. 🙂 Eating healthy and clean is the only way.
    Your salsa looks SO good!

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    1. thank you Kate, and thank you for the visit 🙂

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  20. I’m intrigued by your way of eating Tandy. I do eat beans but often combine them with rice to create a complete protein. Seems like you wouldn’t eat them that way? Always interested to hear what is working for others.

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    1. I cannot tell you the last time I made rice! We don’t eat pasta, rice or potatoes at night unless we are out, or it is weekend or we have guests and the meal dictates a starch 🙂

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      1. But this regime is working for you? did you lose weight initially?

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        1. Tammy, I have never really had a problem with being overweight. I started this regime when I weighed 44kg (97 pounds). At 5ft7″ that was a serious underweight problem. I am now 54kg (119 pounds) which is far healthier for me. I have maintained this weight for the past 11 years give or take a kilo or two 🙂

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  21. I am so with you my friend, diet tells me to eat it because it is forbidden 😀
    Great tips and recipe!

    Cheers
    CCU

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    1. That is so true Uru 🙂

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  22. Even the word diet is unappealing! Was it Garfield that said Diet is Die with a T? 😛
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella sharing the blog ♥ A Journey To Amman, JordanMy Profile

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    1. I just love that saying! It is so true 🙂

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  23. Looks tasty

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    1. It is!

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  24. You hit the nail on the head! Its not a diet, its lifestyle eating! Crash diets do not work!

    Love the recipe, beans are so much fun, now to just try get my husband to eat beans!

    Have a good weekend xxx

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    1. Maybe in this way he will give them a try 😉 enjoy your weekend as well xxx

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