Beans N’ Rice

Well hello bloggies!

Summer is flying by here, and I oft find something extraordinarily interesting to post about (food wise) as of late. I have been trying to rein in my finances, so variety in my cooking has been scarce. That is not to say it hasn’t been healthy or delicious! I have to share with you probably the most simple and easy, tasty and healthy, college-proof, fail-proof veggie-friendly team. A complete punch, a dynamic duo, and unstoppable force: beans and rice.

The only woe I have today is… no more camera. I feel it was on its last leg about a month ago in Greece, so it is time to say goodbye. You have treated me so well, camera. You have been to many places, old friend. You accompanied me abroad, and you were the first big purchase with my own money I have ever made back in high school. It has been a wonderful 6 years with you, my friend. ­čÖé

Anyways, back to the eats. Until I work again, as a barista at my college’s coffee shop on campus in a few weeks, I will have to borrow my housemate’s camera. For now, this post will be lacking in color.

For some easy-peasy beans and rice, here is what you do. It is a great staple for vegetarians because it is complete in protein and nutrients (throw in some veggies too!) and yummy. And easy on the wallet. And waistline. It is a win-win in my book!

It is absolutely a simple ordeal. One, pick a bean. Any will do I have found! I have made it with black, kidney, pinto, and tonight was white beans. Each add a different texture, so you can experiment with different seasonings you want to add, and each is delicious with a grain. I have used up my quinoa stock, so now it was good, old and reliable brown rice.┬áMe? I LOVE spicy food. I don’t know if I mentioned this, but I live for my red pepper flakes, chilli powder, and even cayenne. Bring on the spicy!

 

The easiest way to quickly whip up a batch of spicy beans and rice is to pick out a veggie-style taco seasoning packet (I got mine from Trader Joe’s! So good!) and then sautee them beans up. Boil some water for your grains and steam em’ up. It is that simple!

Beans N’ Rice

1. Rinse our your beans well if they are canned, or pre-soak your beans before cooking.

2. Heat up a large skillet with stick-spray or oil.

3. Sautee up some onion of your choice.

4. Throw in the beans! Let them heat up and sizzle, you may need to add water as you go to ensure they won’t stick.

6. Add your seasonings of choice, such as a taco seasoning packet. Go ahead and experiment. Let me know what you come up with too! ­čÖé

5. If you wish, add some veggies. I have added broccoli, corn, and spinach (add at the very last minute to avoid over cooking your leafy greens!)

6. Pile on top of some steamed up grains.

7. EAT.

They are filling and yummy, oh and supply great leftovers for taking to work.

Well, with that I am off. Ciao for now! -Mary

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