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Sunday (5/10/09) 9:18pm - ... wherein Peter enjoys many bean- and rice-based meals.

I've been playing around with this rice-and-beans recipe from la_directora.

At this point I've settled on this slight variation:

1 can vegetable broth (topped off to 2c with water)
2 cans dark kidney beans, drained
1 c brown rice (although red rice worked best)
1 bunch of green onions, chopped
1 15.5-oz can diced tomatoes with chilis
2 tsp crushed garlic
2 tsp chili powder
1 can mushrooms

I throw everything but the mushrooms into the rice cooker, cook it on "mixed", then add in the mushrooms at the end.

Finally, I top off a bowl of it with a tbsp or two of shredded cheddar cheese, zeroing out most of its possible health benefits.

Suggested adjustments to this recipe are welcome.

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Date:Sunday (5/10/09) 8:59pm
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Date:Sunday (5/10/09) 9:01pm
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Date:Monday (5/11/09) 4:29am
Other than the fact that canned mushrooms are an abomination unto the Lord, and one should always use fresh and then sautee them, that looks yummy. :) (The canned ones are always the worst kind of mushrooms, and always taste like metal to me.)

And now that I'm thinking of sauteeing, I'm thinking of sauteeing onion/pepper fajita strips to add at the end. That would be yummy. Hmmmm....
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Date:Monday (5/11/09) 8:56am
I do a stove-top black been chili that is really easy, too.

2 cans black beans, drained
1 can Rotel, not drained
1 lb. ground meat (I use turkey, but it's whatevs)
1 small bag of frozen corn
About 2 tbsp. chili powder. I just keep adding until it looks and smells like something that I want to eat.

Directions: Brown the meat. Drain fats if needed. Dump in all other ingredients. Cook until hot. Serve with topped with cheese, glorious cheese.

The meat is optional. I just like meat. (cue off-colored joke)

The corn works like the rice; you need a starch/bean combo to get the amino acid action to stick. I'm not a huge fan of rice, so I tend to sub in corn. Added benefit: it look prettier, IMHO.

This could be accomplished in a slow cooker, I'm sure. However, I don't do slow-cookers because I'm impatient and cannot plan that far ahead.
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