Labor Day marks the end of summer, and here we are with it fast approaching. Summer has flown by, and I’m pretty ok with that. It has been hot here in the northwest, and I’m not really into heat. Fall is my favorite, at least it has been historically, I’ve never experienced a northwest fall, so I’ll let you know. Labor Day itself will be fun for us this year. My 3 year old is running her first race! She has been watching and cheering me on for the triathlons I have completed this year, and has been asking to race herself. We found an opportunity and she’s going to go for it.
I have a few suggestions for your Labor Day plans, whatever they may be.
If your running a race, let me suggest fueling up the night before with my loaded pasta.
Using what you have on hand can be a struggle, especially with it is just a little of this and a little of that from previous recipes. One trick I love is to let go of preconceived notions of making something specific, and just make something that tastes good. I have a version of this rice, bean, and vegetable mixture regularly as I frequently have leftover rice, beans, and some odds and ends of vegetables. You can jazz it up with herbs and spices, or keep it simple like this version. I love the simplicity and deliciousness of a good olive oil, a little nutritional yeast, and some big, crunchy salt.
Rice, Beans, and Greens -How to use leftovers for a quick and satisfying meal
1 TBL oil for cooking
1 small onion, sliced
4 mushrooms, sliced
1 cup cooked rice (mine was leftover from takeout Indian)
3/4 cup cooked kidney beans (or other bean of choice)
2 cups fresh spinach (or other greens)
1 TBL nutritional yeast
1 TBL good olive oil
Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat.
Add oil, and saute onion and mushrooms until just softened, about 3 minutes.
Add the rice, kidney beans, and spinach and cook until spinach is wilted and rice and beans are hot.
Sprinkle on nutritional yeast, drizzle the oil, and add some salt. Stir lightly to combine and serve.
This is probably enough to serve two of normal appetite. Enough for one nursing mother.