Saturday, August 13, 2011

Beans and Rice


I never knew how versatile beans could be until I lived in the south. Yet, they are an excellent source of protein and during war days they were consumed due to lack of meat. You can fix beans and rice in so many different ways too. Here’s my own way.
2 cups of cooked beans [1 can of canned beans] I use kidney beans.
1 cup long grain rice
½ cup chopped onion
¼ cup chopped green pepper [I never measure folks so just wing it! Be brave!]
Dash of hot sauce
Salt about a teaspoon
Pepper large pinch
Oregano large pinch
1 can of diced tomatoes or salsa
A little bit of meat. [sausage, beef, cut up hot dog, bologna, ham slice [just 1/4 cup, it's just to add flavor]

I use long grain rice. First,take 2 cups of water and pinch of salt with a little butter, bring to boil. Check to see what leftover meat you have. Or use fresh, but I stretch the dollar with leftover. If the sausage or ground beef is fresh, brown it up first and then add it. Throw it in the water as it boils for a minute. Add the rice, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. In another small pan throw in a little oil and add chopped onions and peppers and cook till onions are see through. Add them to the cooked rice, and add rest of ingredients. This goes great as a main dish, or a filling for burritos.

For burritos, I add just a 1/3 cup to a soft tortilla. Put a little cheese on it and roll it up like a burrito. Bake for a few minutes at 350 degrees, or microwave it for 30 seconds. Shermy loves these with hot sauce!

For years I bought minute rice, but I found a bag of long grain rice is so much cheaper. It just took the time to read the instructions on the bag so it came out right.

Pinto beans are a mystery for most of the new generation. They go for the cans. I usually use canned, but if I get caught short I know how to use the dry beans.
You look at the instructions on the bag for how much you want to make. I sort and rinse them and then boil them for ten minutes. Then I put them in a kettle with a ¼ cup of baking soda and let them soak overnight. [baking soda makes them less gassy] The next day rinse the beans and put them in a crock pot with 4 cups of water on low for the day. Then you have your beans. Oh wait! If you want baked beans, add brown sugar, onion, ham…inexpensive but rich taste! Only these sweet beans don’t go so good with my recipe above.

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