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Black Beans

What you need: 

1 lb. black beans
1 medium to large onion
1 medium green pepper
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
2 bay leaves
12 green olives

What you do: 

Look through beans and discard any rocks and ugly beans. Using a pressure cooker (best method) - put the beans in the pot (spread them on the bottom) and add enough water to have 2 fingers of water over the beans. Add a big slice of the green pepper. Cover and cook for 20 minutes (this is 20 minutes after the pressure cap starts rocking)
Without pressure cooker - The night before, put beans in a pot and cover with water just as in the pressure cooker method. Let sit overnight. Add a big slice of green pepper and boil covered for about 2 hours until softened.
After beans are softened: Sautee chopped onions, crushed garlic, chopped peppers in olive oil. Add the sauteed mixture, pepper, oregano, bay leaves and salt to beans. Cover (if you're using pressure cooker don't cook in pressure, just cover the pot without tightening the cover like a normal pot) and boil at low to medium heat for 1/2 hour. Dont let it full boil, it has to be inbetween simmering and boiling. Add the olives and cook for 15 to 30 minutes more uncovered, until it reaches the consistency you want. Some people like the water to thicken more than others, but keep in mind that it will always thicken more after cooked and settled. A couple minutes before they are done, add vegan sugar, vinegar and more salt if desired. Cook for a couple more minutes. You will have to taste for salt as you cook them, but for 1lb., 2 tsp should be enough.
If you want to double the recipe, you don't need to double the olive oil, just add enough to be able to sautee the ingredients. You also don't need to double the olives. You will probably need more than double the salt. And for each lb. of beans you need 2 fingers of water over the beans (so 4 fingers for 2 lbs.).

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