October 26, 2010

Mexican Rice, Spiced Black Beans, and Turmeric Corn


I really liked how simple each of these dishes are to make. If I was just making one of them, it would almost be too easy! When all three are going though, there's a lot to be done.

They're great dishes. The beauty is that each could be a side to something bigger, say enchiladas or chilaquiles. Or each could be combined with the others and then you'd have a fantastically healthy Mexican meal on your hands. You gotta love the power of beans and rice and veggies. Enjoy!

Mexican Rice, Spiced Black Beans, and Turmeric Corn

Yield: Serves 3-4
  • Mexican Rice

  • 1 cup white rice (long grain, if possible)
  • 2 cloves garlic (or 1/2-1 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 can tomatoes, drained (or tomato juice)
  • oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water (none if using tomato juice, unless necessary at the end)

  • Spiced Black Beans

  • 16 oz bag dried black beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • black pepper, to taste

  • Turmeric Corn

  • 1 can corn
  • 1/5 pack assorted frozen veggies (peas, carrots, green beans)
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • splash lemon juice
  • water
Cooking Directions
  1. Mexican Rice
  2. In a pan, toast the rice on medium heat until brown (but not burnt!) with the minimal amount of oil. Stir frequently!
  3. Just before it's done, toss in the onion and garlic for one to two minutes.
  4. Add everything else in the pan and stir to incorporate.
  5. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes.
  6. Spiced Black Beans
  7. Prepare beans as directed, sifting to ensure that there are no rocks.
  8. Toss in the seasonings (except the black pepper) and cook.
  9. Add black pepper when finished cooking, if desired.

  10. Turmeric Corn
  11. Drain 1 can of corn and heat in a pan with the frozen veggies.
  12. Add the turmeric, lemon juice, and any water as needed until thoroughly heated.

1 comment:

  1. I love Mexican food and all these look awesome. I am sure they were all worth the trouble got in to.