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Rice & beans

Posted by Robin Abrahams  August 5, 2008 07:48 AM

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I have the vague notion that I promised you all the recipe for my rice and beans waaaaaay back in the mists of time. Let's say I did. Here it is:

The Rice and Beans Recipe I Wish I'd Invented Back When I Was Really Really Broke

1 c brown rice
6 slices bacon (optional)
1-2 T olive oil
1 med red onion, chopped
1 bulb garlic, chopped, or 1-2 T chopped garlic from a jar
1 bell pepper, any color, seeded & chopped
1 bag frozen corn (roasted if you can find it)
1/2 bag frozen squash, diced (optional)
1 can chopped or crushed tomatoes
1 can pinto, black, or kidney beans, drained
1-2 T chili powder
dash cinnamon
dash allspice
1/2 t cumin
1-2 T oregano
cayenne pepper to taste
black pepper to taste

Set rice on to cook. Cook the bacon in Dutch oven or big skillet. Set aside to drain; when drained, chop up. Add olive oil to oven or skillet and allow to warm. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent, add bell pepper. Cook a minute or two more. Add the frozen veg & heat through. Add tomatoes and bring to a simmer, add spices. Add beans and bacon & stir. Mix in the cooked rice.

You can use turkey bacon for this, which is what I do. If you're not a vegetarian I highly recommend the addition of bacon--it gives a lot of punch. I like the squash, but some people find it an odd flavor combination. Spice amounts, of course, are highly subjective. This dish always winds up tasting oddly sweet, because of the corn I suppose, so we like a lot of spice to balance that.

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