A delicious and colorful celebration of vegetables in a one dish meal.
Vegetarian Beans and Rice
1 cup long grain rice
2 t olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup corn, canned, frozen or fresh
1 jalapeno or serrano pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 t cumin
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup salsa (your favorite brand and heat level)
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
Optional for Non-Vegans:
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Optional for Bean Lovers:
Add two cans of beans and increase the salsa and seasonings.
Cook the rice per package directions but use veggie stock instead of water.
Add garlic and saute two minutes. Add the corn, jalapeno, and other seasonings and simmer five minutes.
Add the salsa, then the beans and vinegar and stir.
Stir in the rice and heat together. Add more salsa if it seems too dry. Taste and adjust seasonings.
Like it hot? Add more chopped jalapenos or hot red pepper flakes.