I know, I post a lot of Mexican-inspired recipes. I can't help it, I love spicy food, and what better way to doctor up plain ol' rice & beans than by adding a little kick?! This recipe is featuring another item I have in abundance: black beans, or frijoles negros if you're from my neck of the woods. I love beans of any kind, but am partial to the black ones. I buy the dried beans in bulk, store in giant glass containers, and then when I have a craving for them, I rinse, soak for a while (at least 6 hours or overnight, this aids in digestion) and then cook in my electric pressure cooker. I keep the leftover cooked beans in the refrigerator, ready for a quick meal or recipe
This dish comes from Nutrition MD, originally published in Foods That Fight Pain by Neal Barnard, M.D. Once again, no photo of the finished product but, honestly, you're not missing much. Yummy as this was, it wasn't photogenic.
VeganGypsy Says: Very good, but the cornbread topping is a bit dry. I'd top w/some salsa next time.
OmniHunny Says: Tastes just like a tamale! Sour cream would be good.
In other news, I am pleased to report that I'm down 3 pounds since going back to Weight Watchers, losing about 1.5 pounds per week, very healthy I think. I really think the Simply Filling plan is responsible; I feel more satisfied, and even though I'm (mostly) eating from a limited food list, I feel less restricted. If I find myself hungry in the afternoon, I'll have some brown rice & beans which are always present in my refrigerator. I am jokingly calling this the "potato diet" because I'm eating a lot of them! Roasted potatoes (with 1 tsp of olive oil) every day for breakfast, baked potatoes with veggies for lunches &dinner, etc. I feel like what Dr. McDougall calls a "Starchivore!" Though I am eating my share of carbs, I'm focusing on the whole-grain, brown variety. What I have not been eating (much): white flour.
Yes, I've said it before and I still believe it to be true - for me, bread, at least the fluffy white variety, does evil things to my body! When I remove it from my diet, I lose weight, no longer feel bloated, and don't have the crazy food cravings. The only "bread" I've had this week is whole grain Sandwich and/or Bagel Thins a couple of days, and Ezekiel Sprouted grain. No fluffy Italian bread, no giant bagels, no white pasta. It's been much easier than I thought, and the number on the scale is proof that it works!
Off to scour the fridge for tonight's dinner, hope you're having a great day!