Meatless Monday

As I continue losing weight I keep looking for new ways to improve my diet. In my recipe search, I found MeatlessMondays.com.  It inspired me to spend this one day each week sans meat. But it left me with the dilemma of finding a meal that my meat-craving husband would love. He’s not a fan of meat substitutes; isn’t fooled by tofu, can’t stomach eggplant; you know this type of guy. I could only think of one real meatless dish that he enjoys:  Yats’ B&B.

This local Indianapolis favorite seems non-replicable, but I found some recipes online for similar carmelized corn & black bean dishes. Adapted based on what I had in my pantry and fridge at the time, here is what I came up with:

Not-the-B&B:
4 tbsp unsalted butter
12-16 oz. frozen corn
3 tbsp brown sugar
15 oz. can of black beans
1/2 of a green pepper (or red pepper!) chopped/cubed
1/2 cup of 1% milk
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

Melt the butter in a large pan/skillet and add the corn, sauteing the corn for at least 10 minutes.
Then, add the brown sugar, stirring it in well, continuing to saute the corn.
Next, add the black beans and the green or red pepper until all contents are hot.
Add the milk, cayenne, and any other seasonings you’d like (hot sauce, cajun seasoning, salt, pepper…), stirring thoroughly. Simmer for about 3 minutes, until the sauce thickens a bit.
Finally – it’s ready to serve over steamed white rice!

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