Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Black Bean and Spinach Stuffed Onions

This recipe is a wonderfully healthy dinner option, with flexibility, and is a wonderful opportunity to create something with friends and family. I made it in under 30 minutes and was making it up the whole time!

You will need:
(recipe for three people)

~3 medium to large Yellow Onions ( one per person)
~8 oz. cooked Black Beans
~ Tbl. minced Garlic
~s/p and a pinch of cumin
~2 Tbl. Olive Oil
~1/2 cup chopped Spinach
~1/2 cup shredded mozzarella ( I used a vegan version)
~1/2 tsp. liquid smoke

To start, heat oven to 350d then start coring out the onions by using a knife. Begin at the top and cut out a small cone about an inch deep, 1.5 inches around. Using a spoon start carving away the insides leaving the top of the hole smaller than the cavity to allow the stuffing to stay put while serving. The onion shavings can ether be added o a salad later or used in the stuffing.
Mix together the other ingredients in a bowl and let sit. Grab your oven safe, glass dish with a lid and put a little olive oil in the bottom; not much just enough to allow the onions to not stick. Begin to stuff your onions with the stuffing and really pack it in there. Put a few drops of water in each one to prevent dryness and top with more cheese.
Let them bake for an hour with the last 15 lidless allowing the cheese to brown on top. Serve with a light leafy salad or some fruit. Any extra filling you may have can be used in more onions or on top of a salad the next day or eaten chilled as a bean salad!

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