Baby Got Back

February 28th, 2012 | Posted by Alison Spath in Lunch

Some of us (who shall go unnamed) have been feeling a lot like this for the past week or so.

Lackluster Cat

(He’s pretending he’s a pregnant woman.)

This means that meals around here have been a bit lackluster lately. I’ve been letting Barbie’s Sharpie outfits steal the show.

Drawing on Barbie

I just realized that I post quite a few pictures of my kids in their pajamas. I do dress them when I finally drag myself up from the prone position, I swear.

Over the weekend when I was throwing together a “What Do We Got Around Here” dinner, I found a box of rice and beans in the cupboard. I don’t remember buying it, which means someone probably gave it to us. It was “organic” though and the ingredients weren’t terribly scary, so into the pot it went.

As I was dumping the package of rice and dried beans and seasoning into the pot of water, I got to thinking that we use to eat stuff like this ALL THE TIME. It felt like a huge revelation to figure out that I could make this sort of meal or side dish myself WITHOUT little packets of anything, AND it actually tasted better!

Rice, beans and spices? We totally got this.

Beans and Rice, a vegetarian classic. Together they make a complete protein. Sir Mix-A-Lot lyrical inspiration. (Red beans and rice didn’t miss her!)

Unbelievably Easy (and Tasty) Black Beans and Rice

1 c of basmati rice (optional brown rice if you have the time and patience!)
2 c of water
1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can of diced tomatoes
cumin, chili powder, salt, Tabasco to taste

Bring rice and water to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add spices, beans and tomatoes, stirring occasionally throughout the cooking process. It’s ready to eat as soon as your rice is done! (White rice = 20 minutes, brown rice = 45 minutes.)

Black Beans and Rice

So simple. No boxes or packets of seasoning required.

I doubled this recipe last night so we’d have plenty to last us a couple of days. I dined on leftovers for lunch, topped with 1/4 of an avocado so I can say that I ate a green vegetable today.

Now if you’ll excuse me, there’s a sunny spot on the floor with my name on it.

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4 Responses

  • Ha ha I think of Baby Got Back every time we have beans and rice. I didn’t even know you could buy a package of rice and beans…but I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

  • jen says:

    yay! I’ve been looking for rice sides lately… embarrassingly we do use boxes sometimes. Well once it was a BAG but still. I did something similar to this at the old house and it was really popular with the kids and now I can’t remember what I did so I’m going to start with this :) I’d love to see more of things like this that could be main or could be sides… definitely my kind of “lunch” for me though!

  • Lisa says:

    This looks yummy.
    Jammies are perfectly acceptable at all times. They’ll have plenty of moments in their lives when they have to wear clothes…

    Enjoy your sunny spot!

  • Cindy says:

    and now I am going to have to iTunes Sir Mix a lot because I LOVE that tacky song!

    I make beans more than rice becuase no one in my house (which is now just me and JJ) likes it.

    I have box foods and rarely use them either.

    way to go MAMA!

    and sunny spot to lay down at is not just for pregnant Mamas….let me tell you!!!