Make a big batch and keep the extra in your fridge.
2 Tbs. Olive Oil 1 Carrot 3 Cloves Garlic 1/2 Green Pepper 1/2 Red Pepper 1/2 Onion 1/2 Tomato 2 Cups Brown Jasmine Rice 4 Cups Stock, vegetable or chicken 1 tsp. Chile Powder 1 tsp. Ground Cumin 1 Pinch Salt, if needed 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Chile Pepper 1 Can Black Beans, 14 oz. 1/2 Cup Frozen Green Peas 1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro 2 Tbs. Lemon or Lime Juice
After a couple of days the vegetables start to get a little soggy, less crisp.
This is a good time to use them in a recipe like this one or any other recipe that calls for these vegetables, like the fajita vegetablerecipe.
Place rice into a strainer.
Spray rice with cold water for a minute or two.
Let rice drain while preparing the vegetables.
Cut peppers, tomato & onion into a medium size dice.
Chop the garlic.
Slice carrots into round circles.
Place cut up vegetables into a hot pan with the olive oil.
Cook and stir the vegetables for a couple of minutes.
Onions and garlic should just begin to brown.
Add rice and stock to the pan.
Add chile powder, cumin and crushed pepper.
Mix everything together and bring the liquid to a simmer.
Cover the pan.
Cook ingredients at a steady low simmer for about 34 minutes or until rice is cooked soft and liquid has been absorbed.
While rice is cooking, gather the rest of the ingredients.
Wash and chop the cilantro.
Measure the peas, no need to defrost.
Squeeze the lemon or lime juice.
Rinse off the beans.
You can spray and drain the beans in the same strainer as you used for the rice but you should make sure their is no rice left in the strainer.
Raw rice is not fun to crunch down on.
When rice has finished cooking you should taste it for salt.
Add the remaining ingredients to the pan and a pinch of salt if needed.
Mix everything together and let sit for about five minutes.
Serve rice hot and save any leftovers for other meals during the week.
New Taste Thinking:
Rice bowls are very popular these days. They are basically bowls full of rice that are covered with an unlimited number of ingredient combinations. They can be served with meat or without. I like to simply grill some chicken or seafood, dice it up and add it to the bowl for a great quick meal at any time.
You may also just want to cover the bowl with chopped tomatoes, avocado, raw cabbage and some hot peppers.