Don't starve during daily blackouts

28 March 2019 - 09:20
By Lazy Makoti
No-cook four bean salad.
No-cook four bean salad.

Stage 4 load-shedding requires more creative ways to get dinner ready without electricity.

It's also a great time to change shopping habits as fridge contents may not last as long. Stock up on pantry essentials like canned products and create these wholesome meals.

Bean burgers

2 cans black beans, drained, rinsed, and patted dry

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1/2 red pepper finely chopped

1 cup finely chopped onion

1 Tablespoon garlic

1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon chilli powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/2 cup feta cheese

2 large eggs

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 Tablespoons tomato sauce

pinch salt + pepper

Sauté olive oil, chopped pepper, onion, and garlic over medium heat until pepper and onions are soft, about 5-6 minutes.

Blot the moisture out. Place in a large bowl with the remaining ingredients. Mash everything together, then add the black beans. Mash with a fork, leaving some larger chunks of beans. Form into patties - about 1/3 cup of mixture in each.

Place patties on foil on a braai and grill eight minutes on each side.

Serve with your favourite toppings.

No-cook four-bean salad

1 can green beans

1 can butter beans

1 can kidney beans

1 can red beans

2 red onions, peeled and thinly sliced


1 red chilli, washed and finely chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons finely chopped coriander

Salt and pepper, to taste

Toss beans and onions together in a salad bowl

Prepare salad dressing by combining ingredients together and dress before serving.