Charred corn and black bean salsa

Sometimes a change is good.  Something different, something new.  We tend to eat the same things over and over (I do it too) and it gets boring.  No matter how good the food, sometimes it just gets boring.  Why do we do it?  It’s easy.  Convenient.  No one wants a big project or cleanup when you’re tired or don’t have the time/focus.  So bored it is.

Sometimes really great ‘new’ things can be extremely fast and easy.  And watch what they do to your ‘boring’ meals.  This one is best with fish, but goes well with any protein, and can stand on its own as a side dish.  It’s fast, packs a punch, is very healthy, and is probably a new addition to anyone’s routine.

Charred corn and black bean salsa

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 min
Makes 6 portions

Ingredients:

2 pieces corn on cobb, bi-color
2 jalapenos, small dice, no seeds or pith
1 small red onion, small dice
1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, rough chop
juice of 3 limes
1 can low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 red pepper, small dice, pith and seeds removed
2 red radishes, sliced thin as possible
ground cumin
ancho chili powder
kosher salt

Method:

Bring a grill to high heat.  Make sure the grates are clean and well oiled.  Shuck the corn.  Without oiling, place the corn on the grill and char.  Turn to make sure all sides are charred (charred means a few kernels are very dark, half the kernels are golden brown, and the other half are mostly uncolored).  Let cool.

Combine everything in a mixing bowl, season with salt, pepper, cumin and ancho chili.  The salsa is ready to use.  It should have a bright lime/cilantro flavor, mild heat, mild tex-mex flavor and some sweetness from the corn.

Again, my favorite thing to use this with is fish (grouper is excellent).  Try grilling a med-firm flesh fish, like grouper, true cod, black bass, etc, grilling pineapple, and serving this salsa along with steamed rice.  Try mixing it in with taco meat instead of using store bough sodium rich pre-mixes.  Want to make it a meal?  Work in some cooked orzo and bleu cheese crumbles.  At any rate, it’s delicious, fast, easy and can work well into your daily routine.

Enjoy.

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