Case of the Mondays

This weekend I finally made it to the Portland State Market….only to leave my DSLR at home!! Argh. So some pictures to come, but for now I’m going to pout and resent that it’s Monday again.

I give you a foolproof Monday meal after the jump.

Black Beans & Rice

(Originally from Mr. Food but with lots of ch-ch-ch-changes)


  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 medium red onions, chopped
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and finely chopped
  • 4 15 oz cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 T brown sugar (or omit completely and sub with 1 extra T honey)
  • 1 t fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1/4 t white pepper
  • 1/2  t red chili flakes
  • 2 cups rice (brown or white)


Don’t forget to start the rice first!! We use the 45 minute duration rice because we are rice snobs (which doesn’t help the fact that I always put off starting it until the last minute). Then throw a large soup pot onto the stove over medium heat. Add in the jalapeños and onions, sauteing for 4 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients into the pot; mix together and cook 25-30 minutes on medium low heat until it thickens–make sure to stir every 5 minutes or so. This makes enough for 8 by the way so if you’re cooking for 4 or less I’d cut this recipe in half. If you like sweet and savory, this recipe should satisfy your palate as is. For those that like more spice I suggest leaving out the brown sugar and just do 5 T honey and a couple healthy dashes of your favorite hot sauce.

This recipe is also great for those with very limited diets. I personally think this recipe is still good with all sweeteners removed (if you’re going sugar-free). You could also sub out the beans and do this with some shredded leftover chicken for a change up. I chose to post this on a Monday because it also can be a fairly fast and stress-free meal! Throw it together and forget about it for awhile. Check your email, call your mom, whatever 😛

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1 Comment

  • Reply Luiza December 24, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Its delicious and typical brazilian food : rice and beans… hummm I love 🙂

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