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Good Mood Food #13 – Black Beans

GMFood Black Bean and Couscous Salad

Makes 8 servings

Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes

Shopping List:

  • 175 gr or 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 295 ml or 1¼ cups chicken broth
  • 45 ml or 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 30 ml or 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 5 ml or 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 gr or ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 8 green onions, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 10 gr or ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 165 gr or 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 850 gr or 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

black-beansTO MAKE:

  1. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a 2 liter or 2 quart or larger sauce pan and stir in the couscous.
  2. Cover the pot and remove from heat.
  3. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, vinegar and cumin.
  5. Add green onions, red pepper, cilantro, corn and beans and toss to coat.
  6. Fluff the couscous well, breaking up any chunks.
  7. Add to the bowl with the vegetables and mix well.
  8. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste and serve at once or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Note: This is a great salad for a buffet, with interesting textures and southwest flavors combined in one delicious salad. Leftovers store well refrigerated for several days.


Amount Per Serving
Calories: 255
Total Fat: 5.9g
Cholesterol: < 1mg
Sodium: 565mg
Total Carbohydrates: 41.2g
Dietary Fiber: 9.7g
Protein: 10.4g

Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Lap-band [WLS] persons can eat one serving max !

PDF of this recipe: 20150521-GMF-Black-Bean-Couscous-Salad



Last Sunday, on Mothers Day, my sisters and I met at my Dad’s place. After all these months it’s still strange that Mum is not around us anymore. We still celebrated her life, her motherhood, her friendship with us kids and her partnership with my Dad. It all took coffee and a luscious strawberry cake.

Afterwards we all had to sit around the dining table, and Dad opened my Mum’s jewelry boxes. We saw the necklaces she loved and wore often, but also pieces we never saw before. Since I don’t wear pearls or other necklaces and the watches are too tiny for my wrists, I had my sisters pick what they wanted. The leftovers my Dad would try to sell to a jeweller.

He did a good deal, and from some of the money I bought two ceramic art pieces, in remembrance to Mum, and something to fight over by my sisters when I’m gone. :wink:

Both can be used as vases, but that’s not the main thing. They’re a legacy to my late Mother, who also loved modern ceramic art.



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