The mediterranean way of eating suggests that you eat at least 2 days a week with no meat. At first I thought this would be hard, but there are several ways of getting proteins in your food without it being meat. One of my favorites is using blackbeans. This particular recipe is easy to do and fast. Great for a night where you are on the go.
I didnt get a chance to picture it, next time I will add to this post. Paige came down to visit with her puppy and we got busy gabbing before serving dinner.
Black Beans and Rice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
2 chopped garlic cloves
1 Jalapeno pepper seeded and chopped fine (seeds in for more heat)
1 (8 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup jarred chunky salsa
1 tablespoon fresh parsley or cilantro
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 cups brown rice
2 tablespoons shredded cheese
Heat Olive Oil in a non stick fry pan. Measure the Olive oil for accuracy. It is the easiest area to increase the fat in a dish. Saute the onion, garlic and jalapeno for about 1-2 min. Add remaining ingredients and heat through. If it seems too thick add a small amount of chicken stock or water and simmer.
Use as taco filling in soft or hard shell tacos, a side dish, the flavors are amazing.
Cheese is to be used as a seasoning not as an ingredient.