Friday, April 8, 2011

Use it/Lose it Day One

Okay folks. Here we go. The "Use it or Lose it" personal challenge has begun. Here are the results from day one...

Breakfast: Greek yogurt with granola and bananas

Lunch: pita bread toasted in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt, sliced cucumbers and bell peppers, with Greek yogurt-onion dip (recipe coming soon).

Dinner: Spanish Black Beans and Rice (recipe follows) with sour cream and cheddar cheese; steamed broccoli

Snack: apple wedges with natural peanut butter

Spanish Black Beans and Rice - 8 Points Plus value (does not include sour cream or cheese)
Serves 6

What You Need:
  • 1 cup dried black beans (sorted and rinsed and soaked overnight)
  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 1 large bell pepper (I chose red), diced
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
How it's Done:
  1. Cook the beans until almost tender. Puree half of them and return to pot.
  2. Meanwhile, saute the onion and pepper in olive oil until tender (about five minutes). Add the garlic and cook and stir another minute or so.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Stir in the tomato, beans, and rice. Tranfer the mixture to a 2 quart baking dish and put it in the oven. Pour water over the mixture until it's completely covered with water.
  5. Bake, uncovered, for an hour to an hour and a half, until rice is cooked through. Add more water as needed.
  6. Let cool a few minutes before sprinkling with cilantro or chives or parsley, slicing into squares, and serving.

1 comment:

Jenn said...

Mmmm... I love Spanish rice! This looks wonderful!
I also love the idea of use it or lose it...I think we all should do this more often!

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