Plantidote of the Day 2013-01-11
Yes, beans are today's Plantidote, but forget the fart jokes. We're talking serious beans here, because as you probably already know, beans are good for you. They're also supposed to be easy to grow. But they're really easy to buy and this no time to be planting anything, so let's start with store-bought beans. Below is one of my favorite recipes. It's about as simple as they come, plus it's perfect for a winter day, and the leftovers are even better!
Bean, Rice, Corn and Cheese Casserole
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup corn kernels (thawed, if frozen)
1 small onion, chopped finely
2 cups cooked pinto or black beans
2 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups low-fat milk
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sea or lite salt (reduced sodium)
freshly ground pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all the above ingredients except paprika, and mix thoroughly.
Pour the mixture into a greased 2-quart casserole. Sprinkle paprika on top. Bake for 45 minutes. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, unless you're one of those weird people who do not like cilantro.
One more thing: I've read that supermarket beans are not nearly as tasty as those from specialty bean retailers, like these. Has anyone tried gourmet beans? And if so, are they worth it? Just wondering ....
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