Many of the recipes that I consider preparing, I worry will be turned away by my little ones. It is always a challenge to find the marriage between macaroni and cheese and fresh green salads, but I think I might have found it in this recipe from Eating Well. These Black Bean Croquettes are packed with protein rich beans, corn and paired with another vegetable packed food that my kids love; salsa.
BLACK BEAN CROQUETTES WITH FRESH SALSA
- 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 cup corn kernels
- 1/4 cup plus 1/3 cup plain dry breadcrumbs, divided
- 2 cups finely chopped tomatoes
- 2 scallions, sliced
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 teaspoon chili powder, hot if desired, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 avocado, diced
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Mash black beans and cumin with a fork in a large bowl until no whole beans remain. Stir in corn and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs. Combine tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder and salt in a medium bowl. Stir 1 cup of the tomato mixture into the black bean mixture.
- Mix the remaining 1/3 cup breadcrumbs, oil and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon chili powder in a small bowl until the breadcrumbs are coated with oil. Divide the bean mixture into 8 scant 1/2-cup balls. Lightly press each bean ball into the breadcrumb mixture, turning to coat. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake the croquettes until heated through and the breadcrumbs are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Stir avocado into the remaining tomato mixture. Serve the salsa with the croquettes.
As you can see from the photo above, I served with a tortilla and it became somewhat of a taco that our whole family, young and old, enjoyed. It was a low key meal; which is always my favorite kind.
I'm happy to find recipes that use kitchen standards like beans, tomatoes and breadcrumbs. This dish did take some time to prepare, but it was nice to eat a Meatless Monday dish that seemed somewhat different, yet pretty basic. Plus, I have a lot of leftovers.
What are you eating for Meatless Monday?