Most Mexican restaurant entree’s include rice and beans. The rice is a quintessential side dish which uses tomatoes and various herbs (garlic, cumin, cilantro) to lightly season the rice. Sometime, however, the rice includes jalapeno and can be quite spicy.
In our house Mexican rice is a more robust dish. We use herbs and spices liberally and it is much more than a side dish. We use it for breakfast rice and eggs, we add black or pinto beans and use it as an entree, we stuff it into green peppers and have been known to just sit down and eat it all by its self.
My grandkids asked me for my recipe recently and I realized I had never written down. I promised to do it. So Lauren and Kaitlyn, this is for you! (more…)
We all have specific comfort foods. Usually sweets like chocolate or starchy foods like bread, potatoes, rice, pasta.
Sugary foods taste great but they don’t seem to fill me up or leave me feeling full. It doesn’t take long for me to start craving more. For me, starches are the ticket. They taste good! And as an added benefit they actually make me feel full after I eat them. And as my Mom would say they “stick to my ribs.” (more…)
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Tagged brown rice, Coconut milk, Coconuts, Indonesian cuisine, Puerto Rican cuisine, Rice, Thai cuisine, Vegan cuisine
All of the sudden most of the Bell peppers in the green house all got ripe at once. Time for a real winter treat of stuffed green peppers. Every since I wrote the piece on Flavoring a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet,
I have been hungry for them, so this is my golden opportunity! There is something very satisfying about food that tastes this good, has great nutrition and is easy to make. Here is how I do it. (more…)
It is sooo cold! Like a lot of people we are enduring a major cold snap. All I have wanted to do for the last week is curl up in front of the fire, read and eat hot heavy food. Never mind salad, exercise or actually trying to think.
I have been craving lentils. Don’t know if it is the protein or the iron my body wants, but whatever it is, I have been fixated on lentils. There is nothing quite like lentil soup on a cold day. But I can’t live by soup alone, so decided to make a lentil and rice dish. It is a loosely Middle Eastern dish called Mujadara that is satisfying and extremely simple to make. (more…)
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Tagged Arab cuisine, brown rice, Lentil, Mujaddara, Vegetarian cuisine
A big favorite in our household is Cajun Red Beans and Rice. Traditionally cooked on Monday which was laundry day because cooking beans the traditional way is an all day (and sometimes close to two) process. Taking the time is almost worth it since the pot of beans is to die for!
Any red bean will work – small, large, kidney. The dish tastes almost as good if you use pressure cooked red beans. And you can always use canned kidney beans. Whatever beans you decide to use the basic recipe methodology is the same. (more…)
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Tagged Beans, plant based diet, plant-based entree, vegan diet, Vegan recipe, vegetarian diet, Vegetarian recipe
Brown rice is probably our most flexible staple. We use it as breakfast cereal, for specialty rice dishes (like Spanish Rice), salads or a quick add to bean based meals for an extra protein boost.
At the end of every week we gather up any veggies we can find laying around, nuts and even beans. We throw them in a pan and add rice for a quick, thrifty meal. The trick is adding a good mix of herbs and mirepoix to give it great flavor without resorting to too much salt or soy sauce. (more…)
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Tagged brown rice, fresh vegetables, fresh veggies, plant-based entree, Vegan recipe, Vegetarian recipe