I have those moments with this blog, too. I suppose I could share a small squeal over the fact that my editor, Deb Werksman, did an author roundup this morning over at the Sourcebooks Casablanca blog, and that seeing my name included thusly was one of those giddy OHMYGODITSREAL moments:
Seeing my name included just a couple spots below the great Laura Kinsale (one of the grande dames of the romance genre) was the icing on the cake.
But cake is not a suitable meal, no matter how much we might like it to be. And since I have a favorite dinner I trot out on those "I got nothin'" evenings, I figure it might make a good blog post as well.
This dish doesn't have a name, so feel free to give it one. What I like is that you make the whole thing in one pot and still manage to hit most of the food groups. Most of what's in it is stuff I keep around the house anyway, and if you don't have it, you can substitute something else and it's still good.
Here's what you need:
- Two 14oz cans of coconut milk (I sometimes use the light stuff from Trader Joes)
- A little less than a cup of uncooked rice (can be white, can be brown, whatever)
- Chicken (I usually grab a couple frozen breasts, because grabbing breasts is always satisfying)
- One 14oz can of black beans, drained
- One red or yellow pepper, diced
- A couple handfuls of cilantro, chopped
- A pinch of sugar, salt, ginger, red pepper, or whatever the hell you fell like adding
Toss in any spices you feel like adding. I like to add about a teaspoon of sugar and a few pinches of crushed red pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover the whole mess, and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. Once the rice and chicken are cooked, pull the whole thing off the heat and dump in your can of black beans, your diced peppers, and your cilantro. Stir like hell (that's a Martha Stewart term) to mix it up. Taste, adjust spices if needed, and throw it in bowls.
Voila! Warm, yummy, filling, nutritious, and not terribly difficult.
Much like this blog post, right?
Do you have a favorite go-to meal when you need something simple and comforting? Please share, I like adding to my arsenal.
And on that note, I'm hungry. Who's got the cilantro?