Recipe From My Boyfriend

Recipe From My Boyfriend: Black Bean Tartine with Cilantro Lime Rice

One ingredient we always have in our house, is black beans. With their well-defined smokey taste and velvety texture, they’re just perfect. Whether you’re using them as a part of your main dish or just a side, black beans are versatile, delicious and really good for you. Black beans are packed with protein and fiber– they have about 15 grams per one cup. That’s more than a glass of milk!

If you’re like, “Cool, Marissa. Yeah, beans in general are good for you.” I would answer with, “Yes, BUT THERE’S MORE!” Because there is! Black beans are not only an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and omega-3 fatty acids (180 milligrams per cup), but they also have flavonoid anti-oxidants. Not all beans have flavonoid anti-oxidants, in fact, it’s just black beans.

This week my boyfriend and I were trying to take it easy on breads and cheese (devastating, I know), so he transformed a traditional tartine recipe into this tasty treat. I really loved this meal. It was totally savory, summery and satisfying, without leaving me feeling like a beached whale after.

Black Bean Tartine with Cilantro Lime Rice
Total Cook Time: 45 minutes

• 1 15oz. can of Black Beans
• 1/3 cup Panko Bread Crumbs (may need more)
• 2/3 cup cilantro
• Salt
• Pepper
• 2 large vine ripened tomatoes
• 2 avocados
• 3 limes
• 1 cup rice
• 3 tablespoons olive oil
• ½ cup mayonnaise/veganaise
• ½ cup plain yogurt
• 1 tablespoon hot sauce


Black Bean Patty:
1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Drain can of black beans and add to mixing bowl and mash/ soften until ‘refried bean consistency’. Then add panko bread crumbs (any bread crumbs will do) and 2 tablespoons of cilantro.
3. Add pinch of salt and pepper and 3 tablespoons olive oil
4. With your clean bare hands, mix the ingredients together until the mixture will hold shape. You will most likely need to add more breadcrumbs and definitely more oil depending on your consistency. Ideally, you want them to mold into thin patties without sticking to your hand.
5. Mold the mixture into patty form and place on baking sheet
6. Place in oven for 20 – 30 minutes depending on desired “crispy factor”
7. When finished, slice tomatoes and add to top of black bean patty

Cilantro Lime Rice:
1. Prepare one cup cooked rice
2. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil
3. Squeeze the juice of one lime
4. Then add 1/3 cup cilantro
5. Salt and pepper to taste.

Avocado Relish:
1. Add two avocados to small mixing bowl
2. Squeeze the juice of one lime
3. Add pinch of sale and pepper
4. Loosely mash together and set aside in refrigerator

Salsa Blanca:
1. Add mayonnaise/veganaise to small mixing bowl
2. Add yogurt
3. Squeeze the juice of one lime
4. Then add 1 tablespoon hot sauce
5. Mix together and set aside in refrigerator

1. Black bean patty w/sliced tomatoes
2. Avocado Relish
3. Salsa Blanca
4. Rice on the side

And last but not least, chow down! 😀

Planning on whipping these bad boys up? Let us know how it goes in the comments!

Big thanks to my amazing boyfriend & the best cook I know, Ben.