Stacy's Superfast Black Beans And Rice

This is no deluxe burrito…rather, it's my everyday staple. Typical scenario: I just got home from class, and I am a ravenous beast. I need to eat NOW. Something that is a LOT of food. I'm cooking for my damn self. This ain't gourmet. I just want it to taste good. The concept: basic black beans and rice loaded with a quality salsa (to make up for the sketchy prep) and pre-shredded cheddar cheese.

Ingredients

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Directions

  1. Cook the rice in a rice cooker. Or a pot. Or even better, you have left-over rice. Snap!
  2. Dump can of beans in a pot.
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  1. Push beans around in the pot.
  2. Change into your comfy clothes.
  3. Prepare TV and beverage.
  4. Push beans around again while waiting for rice to finish.
  5. In a bowl or plate, layer rice in first. Dump black beans on top. Now you have two options:

Scenario 1
Fresh version: layer on cheese, top with salsa.

Scenario 2
"Oven" version: layer on cheese, microwave until melty (1-2 min). Layer with an egregious amount of salsa.

Scenario 3
Quick Fake Taco Thing

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Make It More Delicious
So you have a little more time. Here are some things you can do to make your meal a little more delicious.

  • Saute chopped garlic with cumin in a frying pan. Add black beans and cook for 20 minutes.
  • Add other veggies like diced green bell peppers, fresh spicy peppers, diced celery, diced onion, diced tomato etc. to the garlic/cumin mixture.
  • Use dried black beans instead of canned.
  • Add delicious things like chopped cilantro or guacamole.

Using Dry Black Beans
Black beans take forever to cook when they are dry. They are the worst! And the longer they have been sitting in your cabinet, the longer it will take to cook them. On the other hand, it's much healthier since you won't be eating nearly as much sodium. And they will be tastier. Avoid the "quick soak" method since this will result in splitting skins.

  1. Soak overnight or at least 8 hrs. Preferably overnight!
  2. Drain the beans (anti-flatulence measure).
  3. Fill with new water and cook for 2 hours or more until they reach the desired tenderness.

Should you add salt while they are cooking? Most people say no, that added salt can increase the cooking time. Mark Bittman protests otherwise. According to Bittman, adding salt just makes the beans taste saltierwhich is all to the good. I'm still not sure myself. You try!


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