Don’t let the title fool you. This dish can be as spicy or as mild as you like. Also? You can totally turn it into a vegetarian or vegan dish. It is a bastardization of a recipe I found online, the original recipe can be found here but here is what I did:
- 1 onion, minced or chopped (we’ll cover that in a moment) I use a very small one, or a half of a larger one.
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup of uncooked white rice
- 16-20 ounces of chicken or vegetable stock/broth (I make mine from scratch and freeze it, but whatever you have will work)
- 1 tsp of cumin (as you see, I have Turkish Cumin, but regular Cumin tastes the same to me)
- 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper (leave it out, add more, it can be as spicy as you want it)
- 16 ounces of Black Beans (I make mine from dry beans and freeze a ton at the time, but canned will work too)
- 8 oz of plain breakfast sausage (yeah, you heard me)
- Tbsp Olive Oil (pretend it is in the picture)
- salt & pepper (to taste)
First mince your onions & garlic. You can chop, or, if you are like me, you can puree the crap out of them with your chopper. While we like the taste of the onions we don’t like big chunks.
Here are what MINE looked like:
But again, this recipe is so easy, it’s whatever makes you happy.
Next you’re going to heat the oil, saute the onions & garlic. After about 2 minutes or so, crumble the sausage in and cook thoroughly. Add the rice and saute slightly (sorry, no photo of that). THEN add the broth, beans and spices. Bring to a boil, bring down to a simmer, cover and allow the rice to cook completely (keep an eye on it, you may need to add more liquid).
We like to eat it in a bowl with tortilla chips, sour cream and I like adding a dash of Cholula (I’m addicted to that stuff). We have also discovered it is delicious in a tortilla with cheese like a bean and rice burrito (Don’t forget the sour cream and the Cholula! If you’re into that kind of thing). Also? It freezes pretty well. Thaw it out and you can reheat it via the microwave or the stove with a little liquid to help reconstitute. But be careful you don’t let it get gummy.
I have yet to get the girls to eat this, they are still in that “mixed up food is weird unless we mix it ourselves” frame of mind, so I usually put a few black beans to the side and will cook a couple of the sausage links separately for them to eat along with other fruits or vegetables. Eventually they are going to kick themselves for not wanting to eat this. It is THAT GOOD.
When I was on Weight Watchers, it was only 5 points per cup (on their old points program from two years ago). I’ll have to double check my calorie counts for it, but I would estimate under 300 calories per cup (without the sour cream, cheese, chips or tortillas, obviously). If anyone comes up with an actual count, please advise.
If you try it and if you bastardize it in any way, please let me know! I love bastards…er, variations.