Samuel’s Favorite Beans
Samuel is a freak of nature. He is the healthiest eater of any child I have ever seen. For years, if you asked what his favorite food was, he would say, “Green beans.” The rest of us gag if we get a whiff of green beans, yet I cook them for him. During a Botany lesson we learned about how much nutritional value beans have, how and why they grow faster than other plants and we dissected a bean. We decided to try some beans. None of us are bean eaters. Beans are good for you and they are cheap. So we decided to try some. Our first attempt was red beans. We added rice and cheese. They were barely tolerable, if you got enough rice and cheese on your fork. That was a few months ago. So I got brave and bought a bag of black beans. I soaked them over night then put them in the crockpot the next morning. We sprinkled some cheese on them before serving. Mark said everyone had to try the beans. Our rule is you try it. If you don’t like it, at least you tried it. Most of the family bit into their tacos or rice first. Samuel tried the beans first. He shoveled them in. He ate so many beans that he did not finish his taco. Since then (Saturday) that is all he has wanted to eat for lunch. Every.single.day. No rice, no taco, just beans. The rest of us thought they were at least tolerable. As Mark put it, “They have enough seasoning to get rid of the ‘bean taste’ ” Benjamin was the only one who did not eat all his beans, but he didn’t eat all his rice or taco either.
- 1 pound of black beans, soaked overnight
- half a small yellow onion
- a few shakes of garlic powder (you might like real garlic cloves, or at lest more than a few shakes. My family does not like much garlic)
- 1 Tablespoon oregano
- 1 Tablespoon cumin
- 2 Bay leaves
Cover beans with a few inches of water in crockpot. Stir in all other ingredients. Cook on low 6 hours. Remove Bay leaves before serving. (or not if your kids think it is fun to find the leaf on their plate)
Usually I think beans are gross. The smell of beans cooking turns my stomach. However, even I have to admit that these smelled good.