Monday, January 28, 2008

January 20, 2008: Caribbean beans and greens wrap

For reasons that will soon become apparent (i.e. after the next post), we went looking for a Caribbean themed meal on Sunday night. Preferably something straightforward. Luckily, Moosewood came through with the goods. These wraps are remarkably easy to put together and have at least a hint of the Caribbean about them. The biggest problem involves the need for collard greens - we tried Piedemontes, but were forced to settle for chicory, which was probably a bit of a stretch. Anyway, that aside, the whole process took about twenty minutes and served up a filling, healthy and thematically appropriate meal. Like a lot of Moosewood recipes, it was probably a little on the bland side for my tastes - but a sprinkling of jalapenos was all it took to resolve that problem.

1 cup diced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups of greens (chicory in our case, collard greens in the original recipe)
1.5 cups cooked black beans (we just used 1 400g can)
3 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon oil

Saute the onions and garlic in the oil until they're nice and soft (8-10 minutes). Add in the thyme, allspice and greens and a splash of water. Cover and let cook for about 5 or 10 minutes, until the greens have wilted away.

Push the greens to one side of the pan and pop in the beans. Give them a quick mash and a stir, add in the orange juice, stir it all together and take it off the heat. Warm the tortillas in a pan, fill with the beany mush and eat.


  1. Sounds good, I will add it to next weeks menu plan. Thanks!

    Where did you find reasonably priced black beans? The only type I see are the ones at health food stores and they cost significantly more than other canned beans.

  2. I hope you enjoy 'em, Kristy! Instead of jalapenos, I'd recommend that you double the quantity of spices. Also, it has something of a bitter-greens taste so I hope you're OK with that. :-)

    As for black beans, I have probably found them (and paid too much for them) at Organic Wholefoods in Fitzroy and at the Queen Victoria Markets. However I think we have got better deals on them at Piedemontes and at Casa Iberica (on Johnston St in Fitzroy). We love our black beans but similarly find them difficult to get hold of regularly!