Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday: Black Beans and Rice (CSA Style)





We eat black beans and rice every single week, if not for dinner than for lunch.
Yep.
For real.

Why?

It is delicious. 
It is frugal. 
It is nourishing and incredibly healthy. 
It is easy. 
We believe having some staple in your diet is a good thing. 

The good news for variety is that I jazz it up differently each time I get.....but truth be told...it still mostly tastes like black beans and rice. And, that is how I like it.


Main Ingredients:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Brown Rice
Black Beans
Sea Salt/Pepper
Water

In the most basic form, the above is all you need.
Begin by soaking your beans in water and apple cider vinegar for 7-12 hours prior to cooking.
At the same time, in a seperate bowl, soak your brown rice in water and apple cider vinegar for 7-12 hours before cooking.I use one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to each one cup water.
So~ here you have two bowls each soaking for the same amount of time. Easy Beany.

After the soaking, cook your beans until cooked through. Cook your rice until the water has steamed out of the pot. Salt and Pepper...and serve together with corn bread.

Now~ that is ok. But.....what you really want to do is liven this lovely frugal dish up.

Things you can use to help those beans make some racket on your plate.
1. Tomatos/Tomato Sauce
2. Green Peppers
3. Okra
4. Onion/Red Onion
5. Garlic
6. Red Peppers
7. Spicy Peppers
8. Squash/Zucchini
9. Cumin and other spices

I use most of what I have in my CSA basket. This week that meant dicing up some garlic, green peppers, okra, and onion. Sauteing this together in a pan with a little bit of coconut oil. Adding some cumin and then mixing this in with the beans.

This is a fantastic way to use okra....which I have an abundance of and do not even really enjoy all that much. In this dish you do not even taste the okra, but your liver will thank you, a lot. So eat your okra and give your liver a hug.

Black beans and rice....mmm....just another excuse for hot cornbread and lots of butter. Amen.

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

What water to rice ratio do you use for soaking/cooking the brown rice? Do you cook the beans in the water you soaked them in?