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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Basic Beans and Rice, serves 2-3



So, the basic idea is that you need beans, rice, and flavor. You can vary beans and rice in numerous ways. Use your favorite ingredients, and make what you like!



Here's what you need:

beans
rice
tomatoes
onion
garlic
salt
toppers/flavor



Choose one or more ingredients from each category in about the quantity recommended:

1. Beans:

You can choose: One 16 oz can of black, pinto, kidney, or great white northern.
Please do not choose lima beans!

2. Onions and garlic (unless you don't like onions and garlic):

1/2 onion, cut into small pieces (or big pieces, whatever)

1 clove garlic, cut into very small pieces
OR 1 teaspoon minced garlic from a jar
OR 1/4 teaspoon powdered garlic
OR 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt.

3. Cooked Rice:

You will need 1 or two cups cooked. 1/2 cup dry rice makes about 1 cup of rice

You can choose: white, instant, basmati, brown, boil in the bag, etc.


4. Tomatoes:

Any combo of the following:

2 tomatoes cup up into smallish pieces
1 can of diced tomatoes or tomato sauce
1/2 jar of salsa

5. Veggies:

You can have a total of about 2 cups of veggies, or none at all. These are generally good choices:

bell pepper - red, green, yellow, orange. Cut into small pieces
fresh spinach - cut up a little
squash or zucchini- cut up into uniform-size pieces


6. Cheese:

A small handful per person should be adequate, but any amount you like is ok.

Choose from monterey jack, motzerella, colby, cheddar, vegan, etc. Buy it shredded, shred it, or cut it up into small pieces.



7. Something Greasy:

The Simple Sisters use only butter, olive oil or canola, but most anything will do. You will need about a tablespoon. Use as much as you want, though, especially if you are trying to gain weight.

8. Totally Optional Toppers:

If you've got them, throw them in at the end.

sour cream
hot sauce
more salsa
pepper
tortilla chips
flour tortillas (corn tortillas MUST be cooked or they are very gross!)


Do this:

1. Read the directions on your rice and start cooking it.

2. Open the beans and rinse them. Put aside. Cut up the onion, garlic and any veggies

3. Put some oil in a pan or pot (we like non-stick, but anything will do), turn the heat on medium-high and toss in the onion and garlic. Let it cook for a minute or so. Try not to burn it.

4. Add the rest of the veggies, the beans, salt and the tomatoes of your choice. Turn the heat down to medium and stir. Keep stirring every few minues until the rice is ready.

5. When the rice is done, dump it in the pot and stir. Taste it. If its not yummy, add: salt, chili powder, salsa, pepper, hotsauce, etc. until you like it.

6. Put in a bowl and top it with whatever you've got.

That's all!

2 Comments:

Blogger CurlyHairDay said...

Actually, I prefer a cast iron pot, because they last forever and I can use metal utensils (fork, spatula, etc.) in them. Now I'm hungry for Beans and Rice!!!

8:20 AM  
Blogger Raccoonteur said...

Huh. That sound simple enough and pretty delicious. Maybe I will try it! (I, the King of Not Preparing Food in My Home, have recently tried cooking for myself. Results are decidedly mixed.) Thanks!

7:05 AM  

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