Smoky Black Beans with Steamed Squash

Warming, grounding, smoky black beans topped with steamed red kuri squash and served over crispy greens is a quick, easy, veggie-centric meal. Add steamed rice or quinoa for a grain bowl or serve as tacos or quesadillas with a side of guacamole, pico de Gallo, chilli lime crema or a spicy jalapeno salsa.

  • Serves 4
  • Cooks in 15 mins
  • Prep time 10 mins
  • High Fibre

    High fibre foods are an important part of a healthy digestive system. Whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are high in fibre.

  • Low GI Blood Sugar

    Recipes have blood sugar balancing and low glycemic index ingredients. A diet rich in foods that balance blood sugar helps lower risks of type 2 diabetes.

  • Low fat

    Low Fat recipes have healthy whole food ingredients that are low in fat and calories to help with weight management and heart disease.

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  • Plant Protein

    Recipes with plant protein-rich ingredients.  Examples of plant-based high protein foods include; quinoa, teff, millet, wild rice, oats, buckwheat, amaranth, sorghum, wheat, nuts, seeds, hemp seeds, peas, beans, lentils, legumes, soy, tofu & tempeh, broccoli, brussels, spinach, kale, mushrooms, nutritional yeast.


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Black Beans

  • 1 tsp olive oil | water
  • 2 celery stalks | 1 onion - fine dice
  • 3 garlic cloves - finely chop
  • 1 pepper | capsicum - fine dice
  • 1 can black beans - drain + rinse
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp oregano - dried
  • ½ - 1 tsp chilli - optional
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp tamari | soy sauce
  • ½ tsp salt | dulse + pepper


  • 1 red kuri squash
  • 8 cups salad greens
  • 1 cup herbs
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Smoky Black Beans with Steamed Squash


DICE vegetables into small, even pieces the same size as black beans.


HEAT a frying pan; add olive oil | water + celery | onion + garlic + diced pepper. Saute for 5 mins, stirring often until peppers start to soften.


ADD drained & rinsed black beans + spices | dried herbs. Saute for 3 mins.  


ADD tamari | soy sauce + water; stir well and cook for 1 min; the bean mix will thicken a little & create a sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning.


FOLD IN any fresh herbs you might be using. Like cilantro –  finely chop the stems & rough chop leaves.



the squash, cut it in half, and scoop out the seeds. Cut into even wedge slices.

SAUCEPAN add water 5cm / 2″ and bring to a boil, lid on. 

PLACE steamer basket over boiling water, lid on. The water level should be below the steamer basket. 

STEAM squash wedges until fork tender. 


PLATE salad greens, serve black beans over greens and top with steamed wedges or serve as part of a taco feast or create veggie bowls.


Serving Ideas
add cooked rice or quinoa to make a grain bowl
as tacos or quesadillas with a side of guacamole, pico de Gallo, chilli lime crema or a spicy jalapeno salsa.

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SPICES add blackened spice or cajun blend, chilli flakes, aleppo, coriander, turmeric, cayenne, ginger.


HERBS use cilantro, basil, parsley, chives, oregano, thyme.  


SWAP BLACK BEANS for any cooked beans, lentils or grains you like.


SWAP PEPPERS for zucchini, summer squash, carrots, peas, corn – cooking times will vary.


ADD spinach, kale, swiss chard, peas, corn – add in the last few minutes of cooking.  


SWAP RED KURI SQUASH for any winter squash or pumpkin, or use cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, sweet potato.


THERAPEUTIC DIETS – Adapt the recipe and ingredients according to your healthcare provider. Please remember to read food ingredient labels. 

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