This post is brought to you by a busy working mama. A mama who tries her best to have homemade everything for her family, even on busy work days. And in doing that, I have to think of speedy ways to eat the healthy stuff.
My husband used to like to have a boxed rice and beans mixture for those nights when mama works late and we need something quick. We really don't buy any prepackaged stuff, but I said whatever and occasionally bought it. Until one day, I looked at the ingredients. Yikes! I don't even know what those words are! If I'm going to eat junk, it must be in the form of dessert.
So, what is a busy mama to do when her husband's favorite staple needs to be eliminated? Well, I decided that I should make a beans and rice seasoning package. That way, I can cook the rice, throw in a can of beans and season it with already perfectly measured love. So, that's just what I did. Super easy and super healthy for us. The verdict? "Hon, this is AWESOME! I never want to eat that boxed stuff again." Success.
And you know what else is grand? Burritos. Quesidillas stuffed with rice. Just a dish topped with salsa and sour cream. You can also use the pre-made spice packages to flavor meats for grilling. I've also made an Italian spice pack that I shall be sharing in the future too. These seriously have made flavorful cooking speedy.
Rice and Beans Spice Pack
3T minced Onion
1T garlic powder
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 tsp ground red pepper
Mix and store in a jar.
And how to make the rice and beans. I often make a double batch.
Rice and Beans
1 cup brown rice, cooked
1 can of your favorite beans, drained and rinsed (pinto, black, red)
2 T of lemon juice
1 T of olive oil
1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley (optional)
Add as much seasoning mix as you'd like. Start with a tablespoon, mix and taste. If you're like us and you like extra spicy, you'll use a lot. Extra salt to taste