Red Beans and Rice is a comfort food and a favorite in our house! We cook this all in one pot and while we have the rice going in the rice cooker. This is a meal you can have on the table in less than 15 minutes. I don't often freezer cook, but red beans and rice is a great example of a meal that you could freezer prep and get it made even faster. When I get peppers and onions in our produce co-op basket, I automatically come home and slice and freeze them. When a recipe calls for them,
Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck is a tough, edgy, and fun looking cook book that is hitting shelves this week. The authors lay down the facts, provide the steps, and want you to "elevate your kitchen game." Enjoy this recipe from their new book!
I learned how to make this dish from friends in Genoa, Italy, where they're known for creating tasty combinations of veggies, pasta and beans. You can sub feta cheese to give this a Greek twist. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho Skip links
"My brother made this stove top side dish as his contribution to Christmas dinner one year. We liked it so much that it became a mainstay in our household. -Gail Orsillo of Lynnwood, Washington Skip links
Beans and rice make the perfect meal because they're well-balanced, an excellent source of protein, and easy to prepare. Sausage adds full flavor to the recipe, and traditional pork sausage lovers won't even notice the switch to chicken sausage. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode Island Skip links
An easy vegetarian version of tortilla soup. I'm writing it here in its basic, mild form, but you can turn up the heat by adding tabasco, using a hot enchilada sauce, or throwing in some diced jalapeno or chipotle.
Applesauce is used to keep this light version of Black Forest Cake healthy. Now, even people who are on a diet can enjoy a slice of rich chocolate cake! —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey Skip links
These Roasted Cauliflower and Black Bean Tacos are topped with a zesty tahini-cumin-lime crema, they’re naturally gluten-free and vegan, and muy delicioso. One of the random questions I love asking our expat friends here in Barcelona is where they go when they’re craving some comfort food from home. Everyone’s eyes always light up when you ask — …
With three hungry boys in my house, dinners need to be quick and filling, and it helps to get in some veggies, too. This one is a favorite because it's hearty and fun to tweak with different ingredients. —Kim Van Dunk, Caldwell, New Jersey Skip links