Bean & Rice Bowls
Layer the following ingredients in this order:
Brown rice, cook acccording to package directions
Black Beans, canned or see recipe below
Salsa or Pico de gallo
First step, get your beans going if you're going to make them. Next, start your brown rice. While those things are cooking, make your pico and guacamole. By the time you're done with those things, dinner will almost be ready!
You can enjoy the bowls just like this, or dip with baked chips! My kids like to use their chips as spoons. If you make the bean recipe below, it makes a lot, so you can freeze the leftovers. I also like to make extra brown rice because it takes so long to cook as well (45 minutes). That way, when you have a busy night, you can just thaw your extra beans and rice, and dinner's almost done!
Some healthier options are to make your beans instead of using canned beans, use baked chips instead of fried, homemade salsa and guacamole vs. store bought. Limit your sour cream & cheese.
Pico de Gallo
4 tomatoes, diced
1/4 c. chopped purple or yellow onion
1 garlic cloves, pressed or diced
1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
salt & pepper to taste
4 avocados, mashed
3 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, diced
½ bunch cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
Salt, to taste
(or if you made pico de gallo, just add a little of that mixture to the avocados)
Homemade Jalapeno Black Beans
3 T. olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 t. oregano
1 t. cumin
1-28 oz. can diced stewed tomatoes
3 c. dry black beans
7 c. water
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1-3 fresh jalapenos, chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste
Saute garlic and onion in olive oil. Add oregano, cumin, tomatoes, water and beans. Pressure cook on high for 50 minutes. Remove 2 cups of cooked beans & puree, if you like them smoother. Add back to cooker, adding cilantro, and jalapenos. Salt and pepper to taste.
If you don't have a pressure cooker, soak your beans overnight, reduce the water to 6 cups and follow directions. Your beans will probably take an hour or so to cook. It depends on how hard the beans are.
This is a large batch of beans, but I like to make them this big so that I can freeze portions for later use. It will probably feed my family at least 3-4 times for these bowls, burritos, etc..