Thursday, April 3, 2014

Rice and Beans Casserole

Mexican flavored rice or one pot meal for your week night dinner, meatless Mondays.
This week's theme is - clean out the pantry night. It could not come at a better time for me as I am in the process of emptying my pantry and using up all the left over stuff. We are planning to move to a new place and I would become regular once I am settled there.Until then please allow this woman and her man to bicker and gnaw each other's heads :)).

Long grain rice or any white rice (uncooked) - 1 cup (wash well and drained completely)
Olive oil - 1 tbsp
White onion -1/2 chopped
Garlic flakes - 4 chopped
Garlic powder - 1 tsp
Roma tomato -1 diced
Cumin powder - 1tsp
Chipotle pepper- 1 (canned) chopped
Salsa - 1/2 cup or 1/4 tomato sauce
Water / chicken /veg broth -2 cups
Salt to taste
Dark red kidney beans - 1/2 to 1 full  15 oz can if u like,drained
Coriander leaves - few,chopped

1. Heat olive oil in a medium sized pan add onion,garlic  saute till it becomes transparent then add  rice and continue till the rice becomes crisp, nutty and slightly brown add all the rest of the ingredients except beans and coriander leaves.Bring it to boil then reduce flame,cook it covered for 20-25 minutes. Until completely cooked and dry not mushy.Do not lift lid in between.
2. Add the red beans mix gently until distributed evenly sprinkle coriander leaves.
Fluff the rice with fork. Serve warm with any meat side dish or just guacamole.

Here are other ideas for cleaning out the pantry from Food Network friends:
Feed Me Phoebe: Artichoke Hummus
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Red or Green: Sea Bass with Spicy Asian Ginger Sauce
Jeanette's Healthy Living: Quinoa Citrus Mango Avocado Black Bean Salad
The Heritage Cook: Chile Tortilla Soup
Cooking With Elise: Glorious Greek Salad Dressing
Devour: Clean Out the Pantry Night
Weelicious: Greek Nachos
Virtually Homemade: Garlic Rosemary Pizza Crust Bites
Domesticate Me: Fiesta Baked Eggs with Farro and Black Beans
Taste With The Eyes: Mom's Vintage Potato Salad
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Rice and Beans Casserole
The Sensitive Epicure: Salmon and Brown Rice Casserole (Gluten-Free)
Daily*Dishin: Spicy Chipotle Chicken Pasta with Crunchy Roasted Black Beans
FN Dish: Pantry Clean-Out Sides

Hope to catch up with all my blogger friends a s a p.


  1. That is one easy recipe...perfect when busy with other household work and to use up the left over stuff in the pantry....hope u have a smooth move into your new place :)

  2. Lovely comforting bowl. So you guys decided? call me when ever you need to talk. Have a smooth and happy travel.

  3. Great recipe Meena.......Love the way u presented.......feels really yummy.......all the best for your shift to the new place..........

  4. Moving eh? Ahhh, hope you have a nice time, bickering, packing and moving :D Is the new place far from your present place?

    And look at all those colours on the rice! Lovely :)

  5. This looks wonderful ........ Tempting clicks!!

  6. seems to be a tough time while packing ?all the best for ur new house n memories .simple yummy rice ,lovely clicks .

  7. Perfect dish to use up whats left and need to be cleaned up. I simply love rice and I like all those ingredients inside for the spectacular taste.

  8. Lovely variety of dishes plus the way you have presented the rice i just love it very nice :) great work dear ~

  9. Missed u Meena, hope all is well at ur end.. Nutritious and super filling casserole, prefect for busy day lunch.

  10. Nice recipe.. I love kidney beans and chipotle pepper... So I will try this out soon :)

  11. what a scrumptious one pot to whip up during dinner time,thanks for sharing :-)

  12. wow... this looks really very tempting... i loved that statement - knaw each other's head!!! hehe... good luck with your shifting dear... :)

  13. what an amazing recipe and an amazing blog to keep coming back for more, such lovely clicks, wish you could teach me in person how to click..wonderful...a pleasure to browse here for more...hop over to share your recipes at my fb food page .look forward to it.

  14. healthy and tasty one pot meal. nice clicks.

  15. Hoping you must have shifted and settled well.
    The one pot meals are my favourite since they require least effort and the end result is lip smacking! Delicious casserole this one.

  16. You even make rice and beans look good Meena. All the best on your pantry emptying, bickering and subsequent move ;-D
    Hope to hear the many details after.

  17. The rice and beans casserole looks really good.. Loved the clicks..


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