I don’t know about you, but I’m a little burnt out on soup these days. The days are getting longer here, and the crocuses have begun sprouting, but we’re still very much in comfort food weather. While I’ve happily spent most of the winter over my nabe pot, the idea of more broth at this point makes me waterlogged.
I’m still looking for something hearty though, at least until the weather makes good on the promise of spring. Enter the hippieish take on good old beans and rice. I used to take this hiking, and it pretty well kept me alive when I was in the Utah backcountry several years ago.
This super simple pantry buster (I’m into those) makes enough for dinner, or leftovers for daaaays for two.
Makes 5-6 servings
- 1 cup dried black beans
- 1 cup uncooked mixed rice (you can use brown rice, but the extra fiber and texture from the mixed rice makes it worth the couple of extra cents per pound)
- 1/2 medium onion
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- Any leftover veg
- Soak the beans and the rice overnight. I soak them separately since I never know how much the black beans are going to expand.
- Mince the onion and the leftover vegetables.
- Add the spices to a dry pan and heat until fragrant. Add the onion and leftover vegetables and warm through.
- Add the tomato paste and about half a cup of water and create a slurry. Simmer gently, and then add the rice and beans.
- Coat the rice and beans in the mixture, and add 3 cups of water.
- Cover, and cook for one hour or until the beans are tender.
- You should have water remaining in the pot at this point. Uncover the pot and let most, but not all of the liquid boil off, 10-15 minutes.
- Salt to taste, and top with olive oil, a little butter, or a fried egg.
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 1 g||2 %|
|Saturated Fat 0 g||0 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g|
|Trans Fat 0 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0 %|
|Sodium 205 mg||9 %|
|Potassium 237 mg||7 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 36 g||12 %|
|Dietary Fiber 14 g||54 %|
|Sugars 3 g|
|Protein 9 g||18 %|
|Vitamin A||2 %|
|Vitamin C||1 %|