Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Rainbow Beans + Rice (a Recipe Remake)

One of my very first posts was this frequent player in our house, Rainbow Beans + Rice.  Here is the original picture from 2010.  

Wow - have I really been blogging since 2010?  I feel like I just started my blog a few months ago.

Since I make this dish a lot, I figured I would update the picture and the post for you all.  I tend to make this dish when Hubby heads out of town.  It's a simple dish to make and the kids love it.  Plus it doesn' t have meat in it and Hubby needs his meat in order for a dish to feel complete.  If I make this when he is around I add kielbasa for some smokey flavor (and to give him his meat fix.)  The kids love this because they have fun adding their own toppings and customizing this for their own tastes - we do the same when we make chili.  The kids love extra sour cream and cheese - crushed up tortilla chips are a hit with them too.  I like some spice so I add a lot of chili powder,  chopped chipotle, or chopped jalapenos among all the other toppings.  

The name "Rainbow Beans" comes from the different colors and array of beans used in this dish. Normally, I use  one can each of black beans, kidney beans and cannelini beans but if I don't have one or more of those on hand I will sub with any kind of bean I have in the pantry. I've used garbanzo beans and light and dark kidney beans - its easy and versatile.

What are the dishes you make most often?

2 teaspoons oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 (15ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (15 ounce) can each of white beans, red beans, black beans
1 cup frozen corn
½ - 1 teaspoon chili powder (depending on your taste)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Optional: shredded cheddar cheese, chopped jalapeños, diced tomatoes, sour cream,  tortilla chips

Cook rice according to directions
Meanwhile, heat oil over med-high heat and add chopped onion cook until tender. 
Drain the beans and rinse.
Add tomatoes and tomato sauce to pot, add the beans, corn and seasonings. Reduce heat to med-low and simmer until rice is done cooking.

Spoon rice into bowls and top with beans.

Add toppings of your choice.

One year ago I made Bread Machine English Muffins

Two years ago I made Rotisserie Chicken in the Slow Cooker

Three years ago I made Simple Sauteed Cabbage

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  1. I love this dish it looks delicious! Great pictures too! It's fun to see how our photography changes / improves over the years!

  2. Oh, so this is what I'm making for dinner tonight! What a great find.

  3. such a tasty recipe come see what I shared at

  4. So tasty! I am totally into this kind of meal!

  5. Mmm.. pinning this one. It looks delish.I would definitely add the kielbasa. I love kielbasa so I'm always happy to find a new recipe to incorporate it!


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