Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Beans and Rice Shouldn’t Taste This Good

Here we are in the midst of Great Fast and we had beans and rice for dinner.  This time I made it with steamed kale.  I had never made steamed kale before and it was surprisingly good and way better than collard greens.  The next day I had leftover beans and rice for lunch.  The flavors had marinated and it was even better than the night before.  I feel bad, because I proceeded to break the fast and eat two more bowls. :-(


So here is my beans recipe, but don’t break your fast:

1 cup dry white beans
1 cup dry red beans
3 T of olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
4 minced garlic cloves
1 T Tony Chacheres Creole Seasoning
1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper
2 cans of rotel tomatoes with chiles
4 oz can of tomato sauce
1/2 cup of red wine or apple cider vinegar

Cover dry beans with 2” of water and bring to a boil.  Once boiling turn off heat and let them sit for one hour.  Then bring the beans to a simmer and cook until soft.  Drain and set aside.  Saute the onion and garlic in the oil; add the rotel tomatoes, tomato sauce, vinegar and spices and heat.  Then fold the beans into the sauce and simmer for 15 minutes.  Serve beans over brown rice with a side of steamed kale.


priest's wife said...

looks really yummy (I just blogged about an exploding tostada...) you make fasting food delicious!

Renee Clayton said...

Yes, I have this problem a lot. Whenever I make tasty Lenten food, I say, this isn't right. But there's still no meat or dairy! So it still lacks.

anne said...

AND you're a nursing mother--you need your calories! I say go ahead and eat your fill of things like beans and rice, because it's just as good for you to give up dairy and meat and sugary things, little luxuries, etc. You do make fasting look delicious--and I don't think that's a bad thing. Just because we're denying ourselves some things doesn't mean it has to be as if we're eating grass and dirt ;)

Matthew said...

Yes, nursing mothers should not be fasting. I know in Russian Orthodoxy nursing mothers are absolutely forbidden to fast. I can't imagine that the traditions of the Eastern Catholic Church would be any different.

Renee Clayton said...

This is true that I am exempted from fasting, but I struggle to get the spirit of the season without fasting some. Therefore, I eat something at every meal and I gave up meat except on Saturday night and Sunday. I also gave up my beloved coffee creamer. During this time I ask myself throughout the day, "Is this a luxury?" If I can answer yes, I try not to partake. This includes T.V. watching, the internet, long showers and so forth. But nothing brings me to God like a little denial of proper nourishment.