Rice and Beans

better known as Black beans and Rice

This version cheats a tad, because I don't have time to soak beans from scratch, I use the canned version and one 'spice' cheat...but without the added stuff, it just don't work. :-)

The beans:


In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add onions(, peppers) and garlic; sautee for 5-10 minutes or until golden. Add beans and water; stir and add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer over reduced heat for at least 30 minutes. The longer it simmers, the better it tends to taste. :-)

The rice!

Can't forget this.

In a heavy saucepan or rice cooker, add the above ingredients. Stir while bringing to a boil. Then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until water is absorbed into rice. Be sure to keep flame low enough to avoid burning bottom layer of rice.

Serve in large bowls; make a pile o'rice and drop on a ladle or two of beans. Ideal buffet-style. Serves 6, or 3 hungry ones.