Some of us (that shall go unnamed) have been feeling a lot like this for the past week or so.
(He’s pretending he’s a pregnant woman.)
This means that meals around here have been a bit lackluster lately. I’ve been letting Barbie’s Sharpie outfits steal the show.
I just realized that I post quite a few pictures of my kids in their pajamas . I do dress them when I finally drag myself up from the prone position, I swear.
Over the weekend when I was throwing together a “What Do We Got Around Here” dinner, I found a box of rice and beans in the cupboard. I don’t remember buying it, which means someone probably gave it to us. It was “organic” though and the ingredients weren’t terribly scary, so into the pot it went.
As I was dumping the package of rice and dried beans and seasoning into the pot of water, I got to thinking that we use to eat stuff like this ALL THE TIME. It felt like a huge revelation to figure out that I could make this sort of meal or side dish myself WITHOUT little packets of anything, AND it actually tasted better!
Unbelievably Easy (and Tasty) Black Beans and Rice
1 c of basmati rice (optional brown rice if you have the time and patience!)
2 c of water
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can of diced tomatoes
cumin, chili powder, salt, Tabasco to taste
Bring rice and water to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add spices, beans and tomatoes, stirring occasionally throughout the cooking process. It’s ready to eat as soon as your rice is done! (White rice = 20 minutes, brown rice = 45 minutes.)
So simple. No boxes or packets of seasoning required.
I doubled this recipe last night so we’d have plenty to last us a couple of days. I dined on leftovers for lunch, topped with 1/4 of an avocado so I can say that I ate a green vegetable today.
Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a sunny spot on the floor with name on it.