Gluten free Menu of the Week: Sugar-free Vegetarian Caribbean Pineapple BBQ Black Bean Recipe

sammy tahinisammy Pictured are two very different Gluten-Free Sandwiches. Top photo: Bette Hagman French bread with arugula, eggplant baba ghanoush, tahini sauce, and roasted red pepper. Lower photo: Authentic Foods mix oven-baked falafel with organic purple greens sauteed and combined with a tahini sauce in a Chebe flatbread and baba ghanoush.

This week Angela’s Kitchen is hosting the Gluten-Free Menu of the Week with an avocado theme. I love avocados so couldn’t be happier about this theme. I use avocados all the time in veggie sandwiches, as a substitute for cheese on pizza (added after pizza is baked), in a tofu breakfast scramble, and in sushi and onigiri (Japanese rice balls.)

From searching online, I found the following interesting ways to use avocado:

A vegan fudge using avocado for the fat in the recipe
Recipes from California Growers of Avocado
Recipes from the Haas Avocado Board

Here’s my menu for this week. You can find more great menus with Org Junkie.

Monday: Italian
Gluten-free Vegetarian Green Veggie Ricotta Lasagna with Homemade pasta

Tuesday: Indian
Dosa with Homemade Indian Soup

Wednesday: South American
Corn-Zucchini Sopes

Thursday: Japanese
Avocado-cream cheese sushi rolls

This week I posted
a whole-grain montina cornbread recipe and a vegan eggplant-tahini-lentil soup recipe

an Apple Pie Crepe Recipe

and the April Adopt-a-gluten-free Blogger Roundup with recipe links

You can still Adopt a gluten-free Blogger, so sign up today!

Cheryl of GF Goodness is also hosting a virtual baby shower with recipes for baby Yum and you are all invited to attend!

Here’s a healthy recipe for baked beans that uses no refined sugar and is naturally sweetened with pineapple, perfect for a summer picnic or healthy side dish at home. Enjoy!

Caribbean Pineapple Black Bean Bake Recipe
1 can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 whole cloves garlic
1/4 fresh pineapple, minced
3/4 fresh red pepper, chopped
smoked paprika for mild or chipotle powder for spicy
salt to taste
1 fresh lime, juiced
1 tbsp. agave nectar (or honey for non-vegan)

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
a drizzle of lemon olive oil (or normal EV olive oil)

Heat oven to 375F. Heat olive oil in a fry pan and add chopped onion and whole garlic. Sautee until onion begins to turn translucent. Add black beans and half of minced pineapple and sautee for a few minutes. Press remaining pineapple in a lemon press and season with smoked paprika or chipotle and salt. Squeeze lime juice into pan, distribute evenly through ingredients and add tablespoon of agave. Mix and heat for a few more minutes. Then put into a medium baking dish and bake on 375 for 25 minutes.

Combine cilantro, salt and olive oil in a tiny bowl, mixing so elements are evenly distributed.

Take baked beans from oven and sprinkle with cilantro seasoning. Enjoy!

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7 Responses to “Gluten free Menu of the Week: Sugar-free Vegetarian Caribbean Pineapple BBQ Black Bean Recipe”

  1. This is making my mouth water!!! Gotta try it!

  2. BTW – I have a yummy dairy free avocado pizza topping on my blog:

  3. This is very creative and looks amazing. I can’t wait to share it with my son at college who is a vegetarian. This uses so many of my favorite foods. Printing this now to make! I love how you note where the recipe came from, “contents of my brain”. Great way to describe. I think I need to add something along those lines to my recipes too. I like you don’t mind people using them, just ask.

  4. I adore black beans but always find myself eating them plain; I’ll have to try out this recipe, sounds like it’s perfect for a summertime meal!

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  6. Sorry about the weird comment thing… I have you hooked up to the menu swap now. You menu is always so amazing! I am making the black beans for my family soon. We love black beans around here and am always looking for a new way to fix them.

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