I make a big pot of beans once a week in the winter. I had a couple recipes that I would switch around. Then I decided that I could use just dried herbs(except for the two cans of Rotel that I throw in) and make it easy and they turned out great! I fill a bowl with greens, spinach, or kale or collard greens, then dump a bunch of beans on top and heat the whole thing in the microwave. I might add vegan sour cream, and/or roasted sunflower seeds, and/or I might toast a piece of bread and break it up into the beand and greens. This photograph is beans on top of brown rice. Another great place to start.
I used calypso beans. They are beautiful all black and white splotched and they taste terrific cooked like this:
2 cups of calypso beans soaked overnight in 4 inches of water to cover
3 Tbsp of granulated onion
2 Tbsp of dried coriander
2 Tbsp of dried fennel
1 rounded Tbsp of dried oregano
2 Tbsp of smoked paprika
2 Tbsp of dried roasted garlic
4-5 small or 2 large bay leaves
2 cans of Rotel tomatoes and peppers
Soak 2 cups of calypso beans in 4 inches of water to cover overnight. Next day, drain your beans and rinse well. Here is where the instantPot comes in if you have one or a regular large pot on top of the stove will work. Dump your beans in your pot of choice and then add all of the dry spices on top of the beans. Stir the beans so they are coated with the spices. Then add the two cans of Rotel and stir those in. Now add enough water to just cover the beans and then a half a cup more water. Stir and distribute the water throughtout the beans. Make certain the beans are well covered once distributed, add more water if needed. Now on the InstantPot, cover and hit the bean button. Add time until 25 minutes shows on the front. You are done. In 25 minutes the beans will be done but the beans will still be under pressure. I just wait until the pressure gauge at the back of the lid, releases, then I open the lid tilting it away from me and look inside. The beans will be done in less than an hour! In a pot on the stove get the pot boiling then turn it done to low and simmer for 3-4 hours, stirring every 1/2 hour or so. Enjoy!