In my attempt to save money in this new year I decided to have at least one meatless or low meat meal a week. I would like to try to have two. That would be a challenge. I am a big meat eater and my husband...well.... every time I serve a dinner without meat I get comments like, "Where's the beef?" You have to know my hubby. He needs his protein and really can't afford to lose weight. I have another challenge. WD hates tomatoes. In our house you eat what you are served, but I do consider our tastes when I plan my menus. I don't want to constantly serve things the kids don't like. Many meatless meals use tomatoes. I searched the web for "tomato-less" beans and rice. I found a few, but decided to take one as a base and make my own. Here it is:
Rice and Beans
1small onion, chopped
1/2 cup or so carrots, chopped in very small pieces
2 cans of beans (any you like), drained and rinsed
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 tsp Thyme
2 TBL. McCormick Premium Taco Seasoning mix...any taco seasoning would be fine or some cumin, chili powder, etc.
2 tsp. Garlic powder
3-4 cups brown rice, cooked
Salt and Pepper to taste
Bring broth to a boil in a medium pot or large skillet. Add onions and carrot. Once broth returns to a boil reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes or until vegetables are crisp tender. Add beans. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Stir in rice a cup at a time until you have the desired bean to rice ratio. Cook for another 10 minutes stirring frequently. Season with Salt and Pepper.
NOTE(for personal reference): Try cooking rice in Chicken broth instead of water with spices. Add beans half way through. Try with more veggies (i.e. celery, peppers, corn)