Creamy Black Beans

Advocate-tested recipe

Creamy Black Beans

Makes 4 servings. Recipe is by Cynthia Nobles, who says, “The American Institute for Cancer Research believes that the phytochemicals saponins, protease inhibitors and phytic acid found in beans may protect our cells from damage that can lead to cancer.”

1 (15-oz.) can black beans, with juice

1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tbls. chopped fresh cilantro

2 tbls. minced fresh basil

2 tsp. minced fresh oregano or marjoram

1½ tsps. ground cumin

½ tsp. salt

¼ tsp. black pepper

Large pinch cayenne pepper

1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, over low heat until onions are soft and translucent, about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Remove cover and simmer until thick, stirring often, about 5 minutes more.