Traditional Cuban Black Beans are made with a piece of salt pork or ham hocks. But, with the correct seasoning and a rich vegetable stock this vegetarian version hits the spot. It’s great with yellow rice flavored with turmeric. These 2 recipes have 5 of the 7 super spices: turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika and cumin. Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that is an antioxidant and cancer fighter, as well as promoting brain health by protecting against cognitive decline. Cayenne and paprika enhance metabolism, increases satiety and stimulates fat burning. Cumin also has cancer fighting properties, aids in digestive disorders and has antiseptic value in fighting the common cold. Garlic has cancer protective benefits.
3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed and l medium yellow onion, chopped.
Add 2 tsp. paprika, 3 tsp. ground cumin, 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper, 2 bay leaves and sea salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until beans are tender, about 1 1/2 hours, adding more stock if necessary – beans should be thick but there should be enough stock for a nice gravy.