I just discovered Dave Ramsey…how did it take this long? Anyways, he talks about paying off debt and living off of beans & rice – rice & beans to help to achieve that goal. Not bad advice for your wallet and your waist! It’s one of my favorite lunches. Beans are such a filling lean protein that leaves me feeling full until dinner. Also, I can make a lot and portion it out for a quick lunch or dinner. It tastes just as good microwaved the next day.
- Produce: 1/2 cup of fresh salsa
- Whole Grain: 1/2 cup of brown rice
- Lean Protein: 1/2 cup of beans (I like pinto or black); cheddar cheese
- Plant Based Fat: 1 tablespoon EVOO
- SASS: Mexican Salt free herbs, Ground cumin, Chipotle tabasco hot sauce, fresh cilantro, black pepper
I always soak my dry beans overnight and cook them fresh. [Here’s a tip: Put a teaspoon of baking soda in the water with the beans when you soak them overnight. Also, when you boil the beans add a bay leaf. The baking soda really softens the skins of the beans and the bay leaf adds some depth of flavor.] I don’t like the taste of canned beans so I always do this. You will need to plan ahead if you do this as well.
Cook your rice and beans. Take your 1/2 cup of beans and add the mexican herbs, cumin & pepper. Mix the 1/2 cup of rice with the 1/2 cup of salsa & olive oil. Top with beans and I always add some cheese. If you add cheese cut back on the beans. Top with fresh cilantro & hot sauce. Yum!!!
Here’s Dave Ramsey’s website – http://www.daveramsey.com/home/ He’s awesome!