Simple isn't something that comes naturally to me. For years I added 'extra' to my life, thinking it would make it more meaningful, and wound up finding greater success in tiring myself out while amassing an impressive array of unfinished projects in my closet. Yeah, turns out sewing isn't so much my thing. It makes me laugh to think how much my view of life and satisfaction has changed. I'm sure a big part of that is motherhood and the tally of new-found to-do's that inevitably come home from the hospital along with the newborn. Managing multiple schedules will do that to a soul- make it long for simpler days, I mean. But it's funny to me, as I look back over the last few years of my life, that the healthiest, hardest, and also happiest times I've experienced thus far, were so beautiful largely BECAUSE they were so simple.
The best yoga practices I've had were filled with more breath than words, relationships grew leaps and bounds when I stopped talking to listen, and the best cheese I've ever eaten was a house made fresh mozzarella served with a few grinds of black pepper and a sprig of basil.
So that being said, here's something simple that has deliciously and consistently rocked our dinner table world for more than a year. The list of ingredients is short, and preparation breezy, but trust me when I say that less really is more.
Simple Black Bean Sauce
2 tsp coconut oil
¼ cup yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic
½ tsp kosher or Real salt
¼ tsp cumin
1 (15 oz) can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed well
1/3 cup water
In small saucepan melt the oil over medium heat; add onion and garlic and sauté until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add the cumin, salt, and beans. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3-5 minutes. Add the water and cover, reducing heat to low. Cook 5 minutes more, until the beans are very soft and some have split.
Remove the pan from heat and carefully pour everything into a blender, secure the lid and puree until smooth. Taste and, if necessary, adjust the seasoning with an extra pinch of salt.
This puree compliments everything from burritos to fried eggs and fresh vegetables, Serve it with grilled chicken, shrimp, or make a seven-layer dip so velvety and delicious you'll eat it out of the fridge with a spoon...not that I have any experience with that sort of thing.