Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Black Bean and Rice Stew

1 cup water (for sautéing)
1 large yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
2 ribs celery, diced
8 button or crimini mushrooms, chopped (used a small can I had)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1-1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon chili powder of your choice
3 cups water
3 cups diced tomatoes (or 2 15 oz cans - I used diced tomatoes with chilis)
2 cups cooked brown rice
3 cups cooked black beans (or 2 15-oz. cans, drained and rinsed)
1 large potato, cut into small cubes (I also threw in some sweet potatoes)
2 teaspoons fresh, minced oregano or ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro or basil
1. In a soup pot that is heated to medium-high, add onions and sauté them without water for a minute or two, keeping them moving with a wooden spoon (this draws out the natural sugars). Add a tablespoon of water now and then to avoid sticking and burning. Add the minced garlic and continue to sauté in the same manner for one minute.
2. Add to the pot: the celery, mushrooms, and herbs and spices (cumin, coriander, chili powder), and about ¼ cup of water, which will make the mixture more saucy. Sauté for another 2 minutes.
3. Add the 3 cups water, tomatoes, brown rice, beans, and potato. Cook at a low-medium boil for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Add in the fresh herb of your choice, and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve. Optional: garnish with fresh oregano (shown above) or some chopped cilantro or basil.
Makes 8 cups or 4 bowls. 
NOTES: This recipe is from Straight Up Food, and she has lots of notes you may want to read.   I think this made more for me than stated. Mine was spicy...but yummy. I added Tomatoes with Chilis and used spicy sweet potato fries chopped up (only way I have found sweet potatoes here).  I'll make this again.  
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Anonymous said...

SIS: Looks so yummy......except for the mushrooms.....I'd just pick them out and give them to dad. :):):) also looks a lot like Filipino food from Mindanao. love/prayers - mom t.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

It was yummy - you couldn't taste the mushrooms - the kids said so - but you could leave them out. They are incredibly healthy for you.