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Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)) where she works as a hospital drudge and attends graduate school. Taken By The Huntsman is her first effort at writing fiction and if it is well received she has ideas for several more novels and short-stories in this series. Please feel free to visit her on FaceBook or drop her a line at mistralkdawn@gmail.com

Sunday, March 12, 2017

#Quick Red Beans And Rice Recipe

Hey Everyone!! :-)

Today, I'd like to share one of my favorite, last minute dinner recipes with you. Enjoy! :-)

1 cup uncooked rice (your choice as to kind)
3 cups water or stock
2 tsp soy sauce
4 tbsp canola or olive oil
2 tsp oregano
4 tbsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne powder
2 tbsp paprika
2 tbsp vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
2 large tomatoes diced or 1 24 oz can diced tomatoes
1 large onion chopped
2 chili peppers chopped fine
1 bell pepper chopped
1 cup chopped cilantro
2 16 oz cans kidney beans
1 16 oz can corn
5 cloves of garlic minced fine
2 tbsp corn starch
Salt and pepper to taste

Put rice and two cups of water or stock into microwave-safe, covered bowl and nuke on high for 20-30 minutes until cooked.  Put oil and onion into a skillet and heat until onion is translucent. Add garlic, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and peppers and cook until peppers start to soften. Add beans, corn, tomatoes, remaining dried seasonings, and remaining cup of water and cook until liquid starts to bubble. Taste and adjust salt and seasonings as needed. Add corn starch and heat until the liquid thickens. Stir in cilantro. Remove from heat and mix with cooked rice.

As always, feel free to add and/or substitute whatever vegetables you'd like. Carrots add a nice sweetness and broccoli can add some richness. Also, as you probably know by now, I prefer my red beans and rice without meat. But if you want to add meat, you can brown some ground beef and/or sausage in the skillet when you add the onion and oil. Just make sure it's completely cooked before you add the rest of the ingredients because food poisoning sucks.

Bon Appetite!

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