Best Ever Rice and Beans

Best Ever Rice and Beans
Best Ever Rice and Beans

Once upon a time I worked for a wilderness therapy program and every night I ate the same meal.  Sounds terrible, but it was actually kind of fun; you had the same basic ingredients and spices for every meal, and you had to figure out what to make with them. This is the best combination, and something I still eat to this day. I just made it again the other night and as I was eating it I remembered how much I like it. Every time I make it I think “why don’t I make this more often?” Maybe one day I’ll listen to myself. This is a super quick, easy, and very tasty meal. The curry powder brings a warmth to the dish while the cajun gives it life. It is salty, spicy, unexpected, and extremely satisfying. Enjoy around you next campfire, or after coming home from a long day in the sun, but for sure before the summer leaves us behind.

 Ingredients
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups vegetable broth or water
  • 2 cups refried beans or one 15oz can
  • 2 TBL curry powder
  • 1 TBL Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne powder

Instructions

  1. Bring rice and vegetable broth or water to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until rice is tender, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Stir in refried beans, curry, cajun, salt, garlic, and cayenne.
  4. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  5. Serve alone or topped with fresh tomatoes, salsa, cilantro, or whatever your heart desires.
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