Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Recipe #1: Beans and Rice

It's 5:00. Dinner is in the immediate future. I did not prep veggies during naps. I did not defrost chicken throughout the day. There are NO leftovers. Open cupboard: beans, check! Open fridge: brown rice, check! (brown rice bought in bulk and stored in airtight containers in the fridge is a good way to go).

Make brown rice - 1 cup of rice to 2 1/2 cups liquid (organic, low sodium chicken broth adds nice flavor); simmer for 35-40 minutes.
Remove rice from pot
Saute veggies in olive oil - onion, shredded carrot, garlic, peppers, zucchini
Add cooked rice to pot
Add drained/rinsed can of black beans
Add some crushed tomatoes and salsa for flavor
Season with: chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, fresh herbs
Serve with shredded cheese, additional hot salsa, whatever suits your fancy!

My 2-year olds gobbled this up, and so did we!

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