Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Black Bean, Rice and Veggie Skillet Recipe

I came up with this recipe when I was trying a different recipe, but didn't have the right ingredients, so I ended up changing and substituting so many things that it turned into something completely different. Have you ever done that? Well, thankfully it turned out pretty good anyway. I loved it. This made A LOT. Even for my big family, there was plenty left over. You could easily cut this in half, or I think it would freeze well if you wanted to freeze half and save it for a day you don't feel like cooking (which for me, is pretty much every day).

Ingredients used (you could, as I did, add and/or substitute to your liking):

1 lb ground sausage (optional - leave this out for a vegetarian meal)
2 cups cooked white rice*
2 cups diced zucchini (about 2?)
1 can black beans, drained*
3 tomatoes, diced (or 1 can diced tomatoes, drained*)
handful of fresh cilantro
1/4 cup shredded cheese** (any cheese is fine, but I like to use something with a bit of a kick to add flavor since there aren't a lot of strong flavors in this dish.)
corn or flour tortillas (optional)

*I happened to have a huge amount of left-over cooked white rice, so that is what I used. Normally I use brown minute-rice. If you prefer, put one cup of minute-rice in the pan uncooked with the other ingredients, and add one cup of water or broth, or use the liquid from the beans and tomatoes to cook the rice in. If you are using regular white or brown rice, I advise cooking the rice first to make sure it's fully cooked without over cooking everything else.

**I used "yogurt cheese" that I bought at the farmers market, and they said it had yogurt cultures in it. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I'm sure it's super healthy. ;)

Directions:
1. Cook sausage in stir-fry pan (looks like this) or large sauce pan
2. Add all other ingredients and sautee until heated thoroughly
3. Eat as-is, or wrap in a tortilla
4. My husband put ranch on his. He is obsessed with ranch. I'm not. I liked it just fine without ranch.

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