SMOKIN’ BLACK BEAN PÂTÉ
Sweet and smokey with a hint of heat!
A few years ago when I was visiting Edinburgh I dived into a deli one rainy lunctime and had a wonderful baked potato with a green salad and a spiced bean dip similar to this. It didn't look like anything special, but tasted great and certainly warmed me up from the dreary weather outside! Like a more exotic version of hummus!! (Who else has a hummus obsession?!)
I recreated my own version at home because I loved it so much! Seriously I was talking about that pâté for days after!
This is so flavourful and has a fantastic deep, sweet, smokey flavour from the smoked paprika. My favourite way to eat this is is with chunky sweet potato wedges.
It's nice and simple with just a few ingredients and takes just minutes to wizz together.
How do black beans nourish me?
Well, they contain a high level of tryptophan - which has a fantastic calming effect on the body.
Tryptophan is a natural mood regulator as it helps the body to balance hormones. It aids sleep, reduces depression and anxiety. Headache and migraine sufferers particularly benefit from this amino acid as depleted levels are known to worsen symptoms. Thanks to its serotonin boosting ability, tryptophan has been used as a treatment for relieving headaches and migraines among other conditions such as fibromyalgia, PMS and sleep disorders.
Black beans provide nourishment in many other ways too. They are a fantastic plant-based source of protein (1 cup provides 15g) and fiber (1 cup = 15g). This can help to control your appetite and support weight loss. Additionally, black beans can sustain you with long lasting energy and are high in essential minerals like iron, phosphorus, manganese and magnesium to support your immune system.
Black beans (and beans in general) are also known to aid the body with controlling blood sugar levels because of their low glycemic index. They have a so called second meal effect, where they help control your blood sugar levels for hours after eating them, at least until your next meal. Studies have even shown they can even provide lasting effects on blood sugar control the day after consumption!
Ok I think that's enough nutrition facts for now! Onto the good bit....
1 tin black beans (approx 240g drained)
2 tbsp tomato puree
3 tbsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cumin
1/2 - 1 tsp hot chilli powder (depending on your spice tolerance)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
pinch cayenne pepper
a few generous grinds of black pepper
[makes 3-4 servings]
Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides a couple of times to make sure it is evenly blended together. If you do not have a blender black beans are usually quite soft so this could easily be mashed together with a fork in a few minutes!
Add a little more water a splash at a time if you think it needs to be a creamier consistency.
Scrape your pâté into a bowl and sprinkle a dash of smoked paprika on top to serve.
I find it is perfect with wedges, raw veg sticks, on top of baked potatoes, or even to liven up a budda bowl of rice / quinoa and vegetables.