Monday, January 30, 2012

Favorite Meal - Beans, Rice, and Veggies

I have been trying hard to "eat meat sparingly" lately.  For me, I am trying to only cook meat for my family once a week, (typically for Sunday family dinner).  That means I need to have good, healthy, filling, quick meals for my family who is always on the go.   This has become our very favorite dinner, and everyone loves it - even my son who doesn't like beans and rice.  They chow this down.  I make a lot and store the leftovers in the fridge so they can throw a bowl together quick if they need to.

Beans and Rice 
Easily serves my family of 5
(from the Engine 2 Diet Cookbook)
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained 
  • 1 to 11⁄2 cups chicken stock, vegetable broth, or water 
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg Liquid Aminos, Tamari, or Soy Sauce 
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 to 3 tomatoes, chopped 
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped 
  • 1 can water chestnuts, drained 
  • 1 cup corn, fresh, frozen, or canned 
  • 2 red or yellow bell peppers, seeded and chopped 
  • 1 bunch cilantro, rinsed and chopped (key ingredient I think)
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced 
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice 
  • Salsa or tamari to taste (I like it without, I just make sure I have lot's of juice from the beans - great flavor!)

Heat the beans with water or stock, Bragg’s, and chili powder. Place the chopped vegetables and cilantro in individual bowls. To serve, place several big spoonfuls of brown rice onto large plates and ladle beans on top. Add generous handfuls of chopped vegetables, cilantro, and avocado on top of the beans. Add salsa or tamari to taste.


Jenson Family said...

Sounds delicious. Rice and beans are a common dinner around here - KRis loves it because that's what he ate in Brazil for 2 years... Your recipe sounds a little fancier (and yummier) so I'll try it! Hope you guys are doing well!

Shari Goodman said...

Delicious! I just bought the electric pressure cooker and it does beans and rice in no time! I will try this out!