Happy Valentine’s Day y’all!

I came across this on twitter today and couldn’t have put it better myself:

“Valentines Day makes me happy because I love it when we are all a little nicer to each other.”

So on that note, is everyone sharing the happiness and love today?!

I sure hope so 🙂

I’m going to do my lil’ part over in this corner of the internetz world by sharing this 20 minute recipe with ya’ll…

Perfect for a Meatless Monday and perfect for a day when you’re short on time (isn’t that most every week day… just sayin’ 😉 )!

Plus I can pretty much bet that you have 80% of these ingredients in your pantry right about now in some shape or form:

Black beans, jasmine rice, onion, garlic and chopped tomatoes. Am I right?

If so, then looks like all you’ll need is some frozen green peas or whatever veggie you might want to include.  I’m all about making things easy on y’all, ya know 😉

Saute up the onion and garlic in olive oil for a few minutes.

Then add in your tomatoes and beans and give a good stir.  And by the way, any beans would work here, I just happened to have black beans.

Speaking of tomatoes… ??

The awesome folks over at Pomi sent me the most lovely assortment of products just a few days ago…

Including these chopped tomatoes, one of my favorites!

Disclaimer: I received these products for free.

I think y’all already know how huge of a fan I am of Pomi products, so I won’t rave about them again and again

But seriously — just tomatoes you guys, and BPA free

And all “free-ness” aside, I’ve been raving about these tomatoes since forever ago when I was using my own $$ to purchase, just throwin’ that out there 😉

Speaking of BPA, anyone else catch this article on France’s proposed BPA ban?

Okay, sidetracked.  Back to the meal at hand here!!

Now in goes the rice.  I had some jasmine rice to use up, but use whatever you have on hand, adjusting cooking time accordingly.

Some H20 and basic spices:  sea salt, black pepper and smoked paprika.

I alwayssssss forget about smoked paprika.  But gosh it is so darned good! 

Adds such a lovely hint of sweet, smoky flavor to a dish… go get you some, you won’t regret it 🙂

Once the rice is almost done cooking, throw in some frozen peas. Or whatever vegetable you want quite honestly, I bet lima beans, corn, etc. would work well too!

But the green peas add that fun “pop” to each bite that I’m oh so fond of.

Give a good stir and allow to heat through while the rice finishes cooking.

If the mixture soaks up too much liquid just throw a bit more into the pot as it finishes cooking so that it doesn’t dry out.

Anddddddddd we’re done!

See, told you it’d be easy 😛

        

 I highly recommend serving this dish with a topping of something spicy to really compliment the smoky flavor the smoked paprika adds.

I used sambal oelek.  Wow, aren’t we all surprised there. Ha.

But hot sauce or red pepper flakes would work just as well!

 

For such a fast throw-together dinner I really enjoyed both the flavors and textures that this dish had to offer!

Plus it made enough for quite a few servings for very little $$. Always a win.

I actually threw it together before heading to Core Barre at my favorite Local Barre studio and when I got home, upon opening the front door, was greeted with the most wonderful smells leftover from the cooking adventure.

‘Twas quite lovely 🙂

It’s the little things people.  Right?

11 Comments

  1. Beans and rice…SO good! And I already told you I adore peas :). I actually just bought a coffee for the later behind me in line at starbucks 🙂

  2. You know I would be ALL over that. Yum!

  3. This sounds so good! I want I want I want!!!!!

  4. This looks so easy and tasty! I love this use of the Pomi tomatoes.

    I hope the Barre Class was awesome last night. Can’t wait for next week!

    • The Barre class was even harder than the week before if that is possible haha, loved it! Next week will be awesome 🙂

  5. I love this! I feel like you do such a good idea of putting together somewhat random ingredients and making them into a wonderful dish! This kind of recipe is perfect for a busy gal who doesn’t always have time to plan. I will def be making this and probably throwing in some chicken andouille sausage for the hubs (since it’s impossible for him to eat a meal without meat). THANKS!

    • thanks so much! I bet that chicken andouille is going to be a fabulous addition to the dish, I hope u guys enjoy! 🙂

  6. You can never go wrong with beans and rice, love it!!

  7. I loveee red beans and rice, this is a great switch-up! Growing up my momma never made beans [other than baked beans when we had hot dogs] because she didn’t like them so whenever the school cafeteria offered a bean dish I was one happy student 😛 Thinking back on it now, I’m kinda grossed out and don’t wanna know what went into their bean dishes, but that’s okay because nowadays I don’t have to rely on a cafeteria ;P

  8. This looks so good and easy! We had our first ‘meatless monday’ last week totally by accident. Ty didn’t even realize he hadn’t eaten meat all day until I pointed it out! We’ll have to add this to our list for the future 🙂

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