One of my goals for January -- make some new vegetarian dishes.
I started the month off with a big pot of homemade vegetable soup. It wasn't a new recipe, but
it was simple, healthy, and cozy. Last night, I made my first ever homemade macaroni and cheese. I used Alton Brown's recipe. It was good, but I'll go heavier on the cheese and lighter
on the panko breadcrumbs by half if I make it again.
In between, I tried something new: Cuban Black Bean Stew with Rice
* Super easy to make
* Not a big time commitment in the kitchen
Three things that I love and often require from a recipe.
ideas to spice them up a bit. My changes are included below.
2 cups brown rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 whole jalapeño, removing all but 1/4 of ribs and seeds
2 red bell peppers, chopped
2 cans (19 oz each) black beans, drained and rinsed
6 or so vine ripened tomatoes, chopped
1 can (14.5 oz) vegetable broth
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dried oregano
coarse salt and pepper
lime wedges, fresh cilantro & sliced radishes for garnish
Prep rice according to package instructions.
Heat oil over medium in a large saucepan. Add onion, garlic and peppers.
Cook stirring occasionally until onion is softened, 8 to 10 minutes.
Add beans, tomatoes, broth, vinegar, and oregano. Cook, mashing some
beans with back of a spoon until slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Season
with salt and pepper.
Serve beans over rice.
Garnish up and enjoy. (The lime and cilantro make this dish.)
NOTES: I made this again (4.18.10) and used one can of black beans and one can of white
beans. I actually liked it better. It changed up the texture and added some color. Also,
for just the two of us, I could go a little lighter on the rice next time.
Do you have any vegetarian dishes you love? If so, I'd like to hear more about them.