A peek Into My Kitchen: Rice and Beans with Plantain Chips (recipe)



Easy, cheap and totally kid friendly…and except for the plantains, made from the contents of your pantry.

What more could a busy mom ask for?

 Super Easy Black Beans and Rice (serves 4-5 as a main dish)

2 cups brown or white rice, made according to package directions

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

2 tsp garlic powder or 2 cloves garlic, minced

2 15-oz cans black beans, undrained (or 1 drained and 1 not, if you prefer less liquidy beans)

1 c vegetable broth

a splash or two of red wine vinegar (about 2 Tbsp)

2 bay leaves

1/4 tsp cumin


A peek Into My Kitchen: Seeds of Change Indian Simmer sauces

Ok, Ok, I have been a terrible blogger of late.

I've been in and out…but I'm hopefully back 🙂 When I finally get around to buying a decent laptop (this week, maybe?) I should be even more reliable.

In any event, how often do you get close to dinnertime and realize that you just haven't gotten around to organizing something for your family to eat?  I'm actually pretty good at getting the cooking out of the way at the beginning of the day, but sometimes life just seems to get in the way…and I hate to resort to ordering in something more expensive and less healthy than I could make on my own.

Seeds of Change Indian Simmer Sauces have saved my disorganized tush more than once.


A peek Into My Kitchen: Quinoa with Black Beans

Quinoa is just one of those amazing foods–it's easy to make, kid friendly and incredibly healthy.  It's high in fiber, protein, iron, folate, potassium, magnesium and low in fat.  Really, how could you go wrong?

If not rinsed well before cooking and flavored properly, quinoa can have a pretty funky taste.  Season it right, though, and you won't be able to stop eating it!

Quinoa with Black Beans

1 tsp olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1 1/2 tsp minced garlic

3/4 cup raw quinoa, rinsed wll

1 tsp cumin

1 1/2 cups vegetable broth

1 Tbsp lime juice

1 small can corn or 1 cup frozen defrosted or fresh corn