Mark's South American Rice Bowl

I posted on Facebook that my wonderful hubby cooked a delicious dinner for us and subsequently I received requests for his recipe.  So here is his take on a South American Rice Bowl, with a nod to our Brazilian exchange student who taught us about her country's rice.  We rarely made this dish while she was here though, because she hates beans.  Seriously.  The running joke was that she had to come to America for an exchange program because they kicked her out for being the only South American who won't eat beans.  Kidding aside, we do miss her, but I doubt she misses some of our meals...especially vegan ones like this!

The IPA is optional, of course...

Basmati Rice - 1 1/2 cups
Garlic - 2 cloves minced
Onion - small onion minced
Canola Oil - 2 tbsps
Salt - to taste
2 1/2 cups water

Saute the garlic and onion in the oil in a large pan (one with a lid), once fragrant, add the rice and toast until it starts to brown in a few spots.  Add the water and salt, scrape up bits on bottom of pan, bring all to a boil.  After the water has reduced a bit, add lid, turn off burner (if using a cook top) or reduce to lowest heat, leave alone for 20-25 minutes.  After 25 minutes, fluff with fork

either 1 can organic pinto beans or 2 cups reconstituted dried pinto beans
Garlic 1-2 cloves, minced
Canola Oil - 1 tbsp
Cumin - to taste
Salt - to taste

Saute garlic for a minute, until fragrant.  Add drained beans, stir.  Add cumin and salt to taste.  We used to add chili powder here also, but in deference to our little one, we wait and add heat later at the table with garnishes.  Heat beans through, serve with rice.

chopped fresh cilantro
lime wedges
diced red onion
diced tomato
diced green pepper
diced jalapeno
If you're Mark: a healthy dollop of Torchbearer's Zombie Apocalypse Sauce

To serve: we scoop one helping of rice into the bowl, add a portion of beans, then drop a bunch of what we love most on top of that.  The picture above shows mine after I mixed it up...I was too hungry to wait for the picture to be taken of the dish "before."  Another note, this is the type of meal our 5 year old will eat happily and clean her plate.  She isn't a fan of most of the garnishes, but she loves the beans and the rice! Happy eating everyone!


Teena said…
Looks great! Can't wait to try it!
Teena, let me know when you do! I'd be interested in any additions or improvements. :)

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