This Cilantro Rice and Black Bean dish is filling and simple, not to mention delicious! For all you non-vegans, feel free to add a little chicken or other meats to this dish, but it is just as satisfying and filling without!
Good Morning, or should I say afternoon? After a relaxing 30-minute yoga session this morning, I decided it was time to do some “spring cleaning”. That meant organizing the shoe rack, vacuuming incessantly, scrubbing down stove burners, etc. Needless to say, I worked up quite an appetite! I’ve spent the last couple days grazing on things here and there, but haven’t spent too much time in the kitchen really preparing something great. I’ve just been too busy with work, friends, and the need to be outside enjoying this amazing weather! Not to mention it’s about time to head to the grocery store; I’m “down to the dregs” as my grandmother would put it. So, what to make out of a cupboard not-so-full of food? I’ll tell you right now: My first thought was to drive over to Chipotle and reward my cravings with a delicious burrito bowl and call it a day. The grocery store is right next door! As I was trying to reason with myself and justify spending 7 bucks on a single meal, I realized I have just about everything I need for a little Chipotle knockoff! To the lab… I mean kitchen!
Brown rice, black beans, salsa… everything I needed was right here in my own kitchen! I even had chips and a brown paper bag to make the “Chipotle” experience authentic. If I had the foresight to soak black beans last night, I would have made them from scratch, but luckily I had a can just waiting to be rinsed! The rice is a hard thing to recreate, but I threw in a pretty generous handful of freshly chopped cilantro and squeezed half a lime into the pot and it wasn’t half bad! The rice and beans are the staple of any meal I order at Chipotle, and so is the guac and salsa.
I didn’t have any premade salsa from the store, but I threw some tomatoes, scallions, onions, jalapenos, and fresh cilantro into my trusty Ninja and pulsed to perfection. What about the guac, though? By this time, I was absolutely famished, so I threw an avocado into the salsa, squeezed the other half of the lime, and blended until I had a creamy, spicy salsa-guac hybrid. Holy Katie was it delicious! I added a few freshly chopped tomato slices on top of the concoction and voila! I had an amazing meal without having to leave the house unnecessarily! ANDDDD it saved me 7 bucks, and I am ALWAYS a fan of saving things… especially money!
The rest of my afternoon was spent hanging out with Seether, my ball python. He loves to hang on me while I stretch and do lunges in my living room; he just soaks up the sun while I sweat it out! We snuggled up on the couch after that (as well as a snake can snuggle) to watch The League on Netflix. Here he is getting cozy in the blanket. Then I got to take a relaxing nap before a gorgeous 5 mile run on the trails! All in all, it was a beautiful day. There was no juice unfortunately, but a quick run to the grocery store later tonight will remedy that!
Until next time, be well and eat well!
Beans and Rice
- 1 cup brown rice (uncooked)
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro
- ½ lime
- 1 can black beans, rinsed
- 2 small vine-ripened tomatoes (or one medium) chopped (I like huge chunks of tomatoes, but some people like them smaller)
Cook the rice as instructed (generally 2 cups of water per cup of rice and simmer for 20-50 minutes). When the rice looks almost done, add the cilantro and juice from the lime. Mix everything together.
Once the rice is completely cooked, add in the black beans and tomatoes and stir until everything is hot. I also topped everything off with some salad greens after adding the guacamole salsa and mixed everything together.
- 1 jalapeno, de-seeded and roughly chopped
- 2 small/medium vine-ripened tomatoes
- 4-6 scallions, chopped
- 6-7 stems of cilantro
- ½ red onion, small
- 1 large avocado
- Juice from ½ lime
Throw everything into your food processor, Ninja, Vitamix, etc. and blend until smooth! Add generously to top off your black beans and rice, and use the rest as chip dip!