Bean and rice recipes. If you find yourself with cans and/or bags of beans and boxes and/or bags of rice and are wondering what to do with them I’ve done a little research for us.
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How To Cook Beans on the Stove
Cheap, Convenient & Better Than Canned: Freezer Beans
Rick Bayless was kind enough to post some recipes for our lockdown and because it’s him you know they’ll be good. I haven’t tried any of them yet. You may not have everything in stock so you’ll have to improvise.
Mexican Red Rice If you have a jar of sliced jalapenos just use some of those.
Charro Beans I’ll be making these. I have regular bacon and will use canned beans.
Simple Mashed Black Beans I always add a couple, few tablespoons of Frontera Salsa to a can of already refried beans or when I mash beans. I usually stock the Guajillo and Mexicana salsas (both medium heat). Once you open the jar the salsa doesn’t stay fresh for long because it isn’t loaded with preservatives. I either use the balance of the jar to make ground beef tacos (which I freeze in small servings) or I freeze the rest in a couple of snack size zip top bags and use it to make beans later.
Creamy Herb Green Rice and Beans I would try using jarred and/or canned peppers and chilis. Just puree them.
Here Serious Eats reviews all of the Frontera Salsas
If you’re really bored read about my tour of Rick Bayless’ home garden (Tours are no longer available).
Ina Garten aka The Barefoot Contessa Bean and rice recipes
I have all of Ina’s cookbooks and that’s pretty much what I cook, when I cook. This the only recipes up on her website and the Food Network website. I emailed her to ask if she could post some more. Crossing fingers! I’ve cooked most of these:
Maple Baked Beans I’ve made these in my Crockpot for parties. I use regular bacon and I use packets of chili paste that I get with takeaway Chinese food.
Herbed Basmati Rice I’m not big on dill so I use basil.
Easy Parmesan “Risotto” I use low sodium boxed chicken or vegetable broth. This is baked. I use Parmesan Grana Padano from Trader Joe’s. I buy in chuck form and grate. Then I wrap tightly and freeze the rest in a zip top bag.
Bon Appétit has been around for forever. It has a handy index where you can search for recipes. Search “beans” or type of bean i.e. “cannelini”. You can further filter using the drop down menu under “Meal & Course”. I’ve never cooked any of these.
How To Make Refried Beans in 15 Minutes
Make a Ton of Impressive Dips With This Simple Formula A bowl of bean dip and some celery, carrots and crackers = dinner for some of us!
You may find some recipes you will want to cook after lockdown. Beans and rice are healthy and cheap! Bon Appétit!
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