Spreading the love…of this book!

It’s been a while since I decided to shell out cash for a vegan cookbook.  After all, there’s Pinterest, right?  But this one is well worth it, and has inspired me to recommit to the journey.  These two are non-judgmental and understanding of the fact that most of us don’t have their resources.  Read Rich Roll’s background…and his current achievements.  His transformation lets those of us in the 40+ range know that anything is possible.

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Simple Black Beans and Rice


If you read the previous post, you know that I recently moved.  I’ve been craving some simple, healthy food, but haven’t had the time, energy, or supplies at hand to make that happen.  Now that my kitchen is unpacked, I decided to make one my favorites.  It didn’t disappoint in simplicity, speed, or taste.

The basic inspiration for this version of black beans and rice comes straight from the Goya can:


The variations come in because I want it to be easier (yes, even easier), create leftovers, and be healthier.  I enjoy this dish best over white jasmine rice, but you may like it better over brown rice or quinoa.  Follow your own rules and be happy.  If I hadn’t been famished, I would have made a southwestern salad or even a cucumber/tomato salad as a side, but as it was, I was too hungry to care and ate it solo.  It satisfied me.




Slightly less olive oil – 2 to 3 T.

An entire Vidalia onion

An entire yellow bell pepper (although I would readily use green or red…just had yellow on hand)

Instead of Sazon Goya, about 1 T (each) of the following seasonings: cumin, coriander, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano.  (This time I did not add cilantro because I did not have it on hand, but I like that addition as well.)  Why not use Sazon Goya?  MSG.  Just not necessary when you can create this mixture on your own.

Add 1/2 tsp. salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

Otherwise…follow the directions as specified by Goya.  Personally, I have had reliable results with Goya and I usually buy that brand.  NOTE:  This version of the recipe uses the larger can — 1 lb. 13 oz.

In my opinion, you don’t have to make it complicated to make it vegan, and this recipe…which I didn’t create but only adapted…exemplifies keeping it simple.  Enjoy!

Back from hiatus…

Hiatus makes it sound relaxing and recharging…but not so much.  I’ve moved twice in the past year, but I plan to put down roots in my new abode, including getting back to this blog in a more regular fashion.  It doesn’t mean I have more time or anything as luxurious as that, but it does mean that I’m getting serious again about posting recipes that support the vegan journey — especially recipes that are fast and easy. Keeping in that spirit, I hope you enjoy the next post!