I originally started this blog as a place to store tried and true recipes for my family. It didn't take long to discover how supportive and fun the blog community was and I became hooked! I rarely create my own recipes, but I still hope you'll enjoy the recipes that I find and tweak a bit.
I've had a tougher time re-adjusting to real life than I expected. For two weeks life came to a complete standstill. No school, no church, no real routine, just surviving. To be completely honest it was kind of nice. We read a lot of books, caught up on our favorite shows and enjoyed some much needed quiet time that wasn't filled with darkness.
But now school has started, life has commenced, and I'm having a hard time remembering what exactly I was doing before Sandy hit. I'm ashamed to admit that it made me a bit lazy. Most of our dinners were something I could quickly throw into the oven or the microwave. No real preparation.
But now that life is back at full force, I'm grateful for recipes like this. Warm, homemade bowls full of flavorful food, that won't weigh you down, or wear you out. Rice and beans doesn't sound like the most exciting dinner, but believe me when I say that we all scarfed this down as if it was our last meal. Add beef or chicken if you need a bit more protein, but I doubt you'll miss it if you don't.
Southwestern Red Beans and Rice
Adapted from Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 cup brown or white rice, prepared according to directions
1 16 oz can light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with zesty mild green chiles (Rotel)
salt to taste
pepper to taste
4 flour tortillas, or tortilla chips
1/2 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add mushrooms to pan; cook 6 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in rice and next 4 ingredients. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
2. While rice mixutre cooks, warm tortillas accordingly to package directions. Sprinkle rice mixture iwth cheese and cilantro. Serve immediately with tortillas.