Saturday, August 11, 2012

Mexican Yellow Rice and Black Beans (Vegan)

I saw this on Lisa's Facebook page. She's never led me wrong yet.  You can read notes and reviews of the recipe at where it originated. 


3/4 cup uncooked brown rice, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 cups vegetable stock or 2 cups chicken stock
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1/2 medium bell pepper, diced
1/2 medium red bell pepper, diced
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained (1 1/2 Cups cooked dried beans)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (Opt)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, snipped
2 medium limes, quartered

1. Bring the vegetable or chicken stock to a boil; stir in the turmeric and brown rice.

2. Bring rice to boiling, stir once, lower heat and cook 40 to 45 minutes or until done and liquid has been absorbed, adding more liquid if needed.

3. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add 1 teaspoon of olive oil, warming slightly.

4. To the warmed pan, add the onion, jalapeno, bell peppers, and red pepper flakes; cook for 4 minutes or until beginning to brown on the edges, remove from heat.

5. Stir the drained beans and cumin into the mixture adding salt to taste.

6. Let stand covered for 5 minutes; stir in the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil.

7. To serve, divide the rice into 4 equal portions and place on individual plates.

8. Top the rice with bean mixture, sprinkle with cheese and snipped cilantro.

9. Serve lime wedges on the side to squeeze over all.

~I put the veggie broth, turmeric and rice in our rice steamer and it worked great. 

~The kids had cheese and sour cream - I didn't and it was just fine and vegan.

~I left out the hot peppers to make it kid friendly and I still haven't found the cilantro but it was yummy. 

~All the kids ate it - some with copious amounts of ketchup

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...

Down Day

I started the day doing a few word studies, praying, reading a few blogs, updating the region's facebook and THEN....outlook popped up with a 15 min reminder.....PWOC Prayer Walk.  I think I'm going to have to set the alarms for an earlier warning as I've been caught several times this week.  ::grin::

Prayer walk was a sweet time of praying with PWOC sisters as we enjoyed the beautiful Misawa morning. Don't you think there is a special closeness which comes from praying together?

I passed Michael on the way to the base as I came home. ::snort:: He's still not home. I trust he's getting a jump start on next week...or finishing up this week with a bang.

We had a lazy Saturday. Stacia stayed in her room as she deemed herself "sick" and in need of quarantine....they LOVE the dvd player in their room.  Arielle and Zander went on a run.....then the three older ones (who used to be the 3 youngers - hmmmm) rode their bikes up for a treat at the local produce market.

I did a bit more research for our upcoming school year. I've ordered a few history books that will provide a nice spine. I plan to find out how to get into the DOD school library this week to see what they have....and explore a few options around here for hands on learning.  Our year is shaping up nicely - how can you BEAT studying Japanese history/culture for a year?

I made a new recipe for dinner.....1/2 way through the meal Arielle looked up and said, "There's no meat on the table at all!"  Look at that....eating vegetarian and they didn't get it until then....though Zander needed a lot of ketchup to make the black beans go down....and a lot of beans slipped out the bottom of his wrap. ::snort:: I give him an A+ for encouraging comments and a valiant effort.
I'm looking at the calendar to decide if we can fit in a trip to see the rice art fields next week. I'll have to take the kids alone as it just doesn't work to wait for Michael to have a day off.....I think I can find it without getting lost....we may just opt for the Towada Horse Park.  Actually, I'm about a hair's breadth away from packing the kids on the train and taking the trip to Hokkaido we had planned to do with Jared before we left suddenly for the states. We all wondered how long it would take after those unexpected 7 1/2 weeks before I was ready for more adventures...evidently two weeks. ::snort::

Choosing Joy!
©2012 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...