Monday, January 21, 2008

Red Beans and Rice

Happy Monday. I hope you all are enjoying your MLK day. My kids are all acting crazy. That happens any time they are off their schedule. FUN. Today's yummy recipe is Red Beans and Rice. This is something new we just tried this week and it was really good. Enjoy!

Red Beans and Rice

2 cups rice
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup diced onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cans of kidney beans
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
1 cup water

Start your rice cooking in your rice cooker. About 10 minutes before the rice is ready, heat the oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Saute the onions, celery, and garlic until the onions are clear. Place one cup of the beans in a bowl and mash with a fork. Add the mashed and whole beans, the one cup of water, cilantro, and chipotle pepper to the pan. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve the bean mixture over the rice in a bowl. I also made some Jiffy Cornbread Muffins to serve with this.

My little one's first reaction was "Eww, beans, I'm not eating that", but after trying one bite (that's the rule around here, you can't say you don't like it if you haven't tried it) she kept eating it without complaint and when her bowl was half empty, she said "Mom, this is really good. Can we have it again tomorrow?"