Thursday, March 4, 2010

Simple Suppers: Rice and Beans

Many of you know from my profile that I am not a huge fan of legumes. In fact, there are only a few types that I actually enjoy eating, namely red lentils and black beans. During the early days of the recent Haiti crisis I decided to make rice and beans for the children to experience something of what the normal diet is in Haiti. Without realizing it, I discovered a simple supper or lunch that was easy to make and really delicious. We've eaten it numerous times since.

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2 cans black beans
1 cup salsa
1-2 tsp. cumin

to serve:
cooked brown rice
grated cheese

Get the rice started -- I use a rice cooker which means I just throw in rice and water, turn on the cooker and leave it until we are ready to eat.

Dump the beans and salsa into a saucepan. Add cumin to taste and heat through.

Serve over cooked rice with grated cheese on top. If you want to get fancy you can add other toppings such as chopped tomato, chopped onion, sour-cream, chopped avocado, shopped cucumber, shredded lettuce, or sliced black olives.

Serves 4-6.