What happens when I go to yoga and my boyfriend has the day off? He cooks dinner! That’s right, here’s another entry into the Boyfriend Cooks series, where the loving Chris makes a healthy, vegetarian dinner for us, and makes me proud!
He again found this recipe all on his own, picked up the ingredients, and adjusted a few things to make it a perfect meal for us to enjoy post-yoga. I’ve imparted enough knowledge to him by now that he knows I love black beans and pretty much any recipe that uses them, and he does too. I wanted to title this post “Boyfriend’s black bean balls,” (giggle, giggle) but thought that slightly less appropriate than the real name.
This is a great recipe to make when your fridge is light on ingredients, but your pantry is well-stocked, and also for those cooler days – winter or summer. Mash together, form into balls, bake, and you’ve got yourself a filling, healthy dish!
Baked Black Bean Croquettes, from EatingWell
- 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 C frozen corn, thawed
- 1/4 C + 1/3 C Panko breadcrumbs, divided
- 2 C chopped tomatoes
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 1/4 C chopped cilantro
- 1 tbsp chili powder, divided
- Salsa and nonfat plain Greek yogurt, to serve
Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Mash black beans and cumin together in a large bowl until no whole beans remain. Stir in corn and 1/4 C breadcrumbs. Combine tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, and 1/2 tbsp chili powder in a medium bowl. Stir this mixture into the black beans.
Mix the remaining 1/3 cup breadcrumbs, oil and the remaining 1/2 tbsp chili powder in a small bowl until the breadcrumbs are coated with oil. Divide the bean mixture into 8 1/2-cup balls. Lightly press each bean ball into the breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the croquettes until heated through and the breadcrumbs are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Serve with your favorite salsa on top, and a dollop of nonfat plain Greek (or nondairy) yogurt.
What’s your favorite use of black beans?