{Recipe} Black Bean Bowl


A friend of mine is obsessed with these black beans, I usually make them to go alongside fajitas but they are great as a stand alone by themselves in this Mexican themed bowl.  It's probably one of my cheapest, easiest recipes and by adding a little aromatics to a can of beans you can get something fairly impressive with minimal effort. It may seem that there's a few ingredients in constructing the bowl but you can mix and match with what you have in your fridge.

Free from gluten, dairy and Vegan. 

Prep Time 10minutes, Total Time 20minutes

Serves 2


Black Beans

  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • a pinch of cumin
  • a large pinch of sea salt

Garlicky Spinach

  • 200grams fresh spinach
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced

Salted Seeds

  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • (you could also add flax seeds)
  • a dab of coconut oil
  • a large pinch of sea salt 

Rest of the Bowl

  • 200grams cooked brown rice
  • 1 avocado
  • coriander
  • sliced radishes
  • a squeeze of lime 


  • Start with the black beans, heat a generous glug of oil in non-stick pan, add the minced garlic clove and let cook, stirring for a few moments at low heat before adding the full contents of the black bean tin (including the liquid) and bring to boil. Once bought to bubbling turn the heat down and allow to simmer for around 15minutes. Season with a large pinch of sea salt when the beans have a less watery consistency. 
  • While the beans are simmering prepare the garlicky spinach and salted seeds. For the salted seeds, heat a small dab of oil in a large non-stick and scatter the seeds evenly across pan with a big pinch of sea salt, allow to toast for a few moments and then set aside.
  • In the same pan heat a large glug of oil and add the garlic, again stir for a few moments at low heat to allow the garlic to cook. Add the spinach and a splash of water and allow the greens to wilt down. 
  •   Assemble your bowl with the rest of your ingredients, topping it with a scatter of seeds and herbs.