Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Delicious, Easy Black Beans and Rice Recipe

Mango Salsa w/Avocado

This is a great weeknight recipe when you want something healthy, cheap, delicious and easy. If you're like me you have most of the ingredients on hand anyways.

(serves 2-3, can be doubled to serve more)

  • 1 can black beans, drained (or can use prepared dry beans)
  • 1 poblano pepper, diced
  • 1 small red chile, diced
  • 1-2 tsp cumin
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • dash of paprika
  • 1 tsp ancho chile powder
  • fresh or dried cilantro, if desired
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 mango, diced
  • spritz of lime juice
  • diced onion, if desired
Serve with:
  • avocado wedges
  • rice or tortillas
Directions: (If you are serving the beans with rice, start the rice first). While the rice is cooking: Mix drained beans with spices and diced peppers. Mash the beans to desired consistency with a potato masher. Heat in a skillet over medium heat. Serve over rice or with tortillas. Enjoy!

Black beans in the pan.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Recipe Review--Pioneer Woman's Stuffed Mushrooms

Even though I'm not generally a mushroom fan, the Pioneer Woman's Stuffed Mushroom's, Baby recipe called to me. They were quick and easy to make. We didn't have sausage, so I seasoned some carne de soya (dehydrated soy protein crumbles sold at our local grocery, Casa del Pueblo) with fennel and other sausage-like flavors. I enjoyed them, which says something considering I'm not a mushroom fan. My husband enjoyed them as well and finished all the leftovers. They're a bit much for two people, but would make an excellent appetizer for a party or other event. I could see them being a big hit with guys watching football games, for example. Overall, a fantastic recipe.