Chipotle Orange Black Beans


This time last year: Homemade Fresh Tomato Sauce with Basil, Mushrooms, and Balsamic Vinegar (2013)


I stumbled upon this recipe while looking for a good side dish to take to a potluck, and was immediately sold. Without taking up too much of you’re time, I’ll go ahead and get to the point- it was delicious!

Here are three reasons you should try this dish:

  1. FLAVA FLAVE! This dish is jam-packed with flavor. Between the tangy orange zest, the flavor punch in the chipotle peppers, and the refreshing cilantro, your taste buds will be in heaven.
  2. Time is of the Essence! I was able to whip this recipe together in the 15 minutes I had between a class and a meeting. Yes, it is to possible to make a side dish in the time it might take you to wait in line for your drink at Starbucks. All you need is a cutting board and a frying pan and you are good to go!
  3. All-Inclusive! Sharing a meal with others? This recipe is a great dish to make because it is accessible to most everyone- vegetarian, gluten free, low fat, high protein, low cholesterol, low sugar, etc. Want to make it vegan? Simply leave the cheese on the side and let people sprinkle that on themselves.

Not convinced yet? Stop wasting time and get cooking. In fifteen minutes you will be glad you did!

More recipes heading your way soon, so come back and see me 🙂

Lots of love,

This rented kitchen




  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chipotle peppers in adobo (plus more to taste)
  • 1 orange, Juice and zest
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tablespoons crumbled Queso Fresco


  1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the onions and garlic, and sauté until soft- about four minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, rinse and drain the beans.
  3. Once onions are cooked, add the beans to the pan and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  4. Stir in the chipotle peppers and orange zest and cook for one minute longer.
  5. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and top with cilantro and queso fresco. Serve and enjoy!



Notes and Tips!:

  • Source: Whole Foods Market
  • Like this recipe? Try these other delicious dishes from A Rented Kitchen (Recipe links found below):

Graham Cracker Crumb Fruit Dip

Sometimes you just need something simple and delicious.  I try and eat a couple servings of fruit a day, but sometimes feel as if I’m getting in a rut. It’s easy to get bored of being healthy and to want to eat that muffin or donut instead. (Raise your hand if you’re with me!) Well I have good news; this fruit dip is the answer to that health rut! With sweet vanilla and graham cracker crumb flavors you’ll feel as if you’re eating something luxurious and rich, when in reality you’re enjoying the benefits of a very healthy snack! This dip is light, easy to make, and good enough that your friends will be begging for the recipe- seriously! Enjoy this dip as an appetizer, afternoon snack, or for a healthy dessert! You’ll be so glad you made it. I know my house was!


  • 8 oz. cool whip
  • 1 small package of Vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups plain yogurt
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • Fresh fruit of your choice- apple slices, strawberries, cantaloupe, blueberries, bananas, etc.


  1. Whisk together the cool whip and vanilla pudding in a medium sized bowl
  2. Fold in the cool whip with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  3. Stir in the graham cracker crumbs.
  4. Chill until ready to serve and enjoy!


Notes and Tips!:

  • If you want to make this recipe a little lighter, try using fat free cool whip, sugar free and fat free vanilla pudding, and fat free yogurt! You won’t feel guilty at all about this treat.
  • This dip keeps well in a covered container in the refrigerator for several days! Enjoy it all week long!
  • For another healthy fruit recipe- check out my fruit salsa! It’s addictive.
  • Source: A Rented Kitchen

One Week of Summer Treats to Beat the Heat: Blueberry Vanilla Smoothie

Hey readers! It’s the last day of this little summer series, ‘one week of treats to beat the heat.’ I hope the past week of recipes has helped give you some fun ideas for easy and healthy ways to snack in the hottest months of the year. This last recipe is one of my favorite smoothie recipes. It’s perfect for an after work out snack, or a meal in itself.  Usually I won’t complain about any variety of smoothie- if it’s fruity and has a straw, I’m gonna think it’s fun and want to drink it. This smoothie, however, is beyond the average smoothie- it’s really delicious.  This is one smoothie I continue to find myself thinking about and working into my day-to-day schedule. I hope you all like it as much as I do! One week of treats to beat the heat- over and out.


  • ½ cup fresh, rinsed blueberries
  • 1 scoop/ heaping spoonful vanilla protein powder (ex: Instant Carnation vanilla shake mix)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2/3 cup almond milk


  1. Rinse blueberries
  2. Combine blueberries, almond milk, and vanilla protein powder in the blender and mix well.
  3. Add the frozen banana and mix in. (You may want to mash it or cut it into smaller pieces to make it blend easier.)
  4. Blend completely and serve!


  • Source: A Rented Kitchen