Monday, January 21, 2008

Red Beans and Rice

This meal is my easiest meal to prepare and we eat it when I am in a pinch for time and/or when the pantry is low--I always have the basics for this on hand! It is also super, super fast!

Our bowls always look more soupy than in the picture above!

** Two or three cans of red beans....or 1 can red, 1 can black... or 2 cans black (whatever you prefer)
** 3/4 tsp. garlic powder
** 3/4 tsp. onion powder
** 3/4 tsp. cumin
** 3/4 tsp. chili powder
** sprinkling of brown sugar-to add a bit of sweetness but is totally optional
** Cooked Rice--figure at least 1/2 cup cooked per person

NOTE: seasonings can be tweaked to match your family's preference! This recipe is totally flexible and EASY!!!

Dump beans in pot--I do not drain.
Add seasonings and brown sugar.
Cook for at least 15 minutes to allow beans to soften.

Serve with condiments:
** chopped tomatoes
** grated cheese
** chopped onions
** chopped cucumbers (peeled and seeded)--strange sounding but Oh-So Delicious!!
** sour cream
** salsa
** chopped black olives
** chili-cheese fritos (our favorite) or other types of tortilla chips

Serve buffet line style: each person scoops rice in bowl (I put a 1/2 cup measuring cup in rice pot), ladles in beans and then tops with condiments of their choosing.

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