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The star of the show

The star of the show

When I started this blog back in 2009 I mentioned that I would alternate between non-business topics and business topics.  One of the non-business topics I mentioned was food and wine.  I have not done a great job in this area and only a few topics have been directly related to food or wine.   A few are found below in case you would like to read them.

Food And Wine Favorites

Christmas And Food

A Simple Treat

Today I thought I would include a recipe for a simple dish that is tasty and low in fat yet passes the average guy’s “fill your belly” test.  It is a three-bean dish with rice that you cook on the stove top in a large shallow pan in about 20 minutes with little preparation time.  I can cook it so you know it is easy.  In a nut shell, all you have to do is throw in all the ingredients and wait. Listed below are the material requirements and the simple directions:

1 – 15 ounce can of kidney beans

1 -14.5 ounce can of diced, Italian style stewed tomatoes

1 -cup of chicken broth

¾ cup of quick cooking brown rice

5 ounces of frozen baby lima beans

5 ounces of frozen cut green beans

You can add additional dried basil, oregano or Italian seasoning to taste

1 -cup of your favorite meatless spaghetti sauce

2 ounces of grated or thinly sliced mozzarella or parmesan cheese (Optional)

You can probably substitute peas or another bean if you want.  I was out of green beans the last time I made this and substituted some peas and it was fine.  This makes 4 servings and has about 250 calories and 4 grams of fat per serving most of which comes from the cheese.  If you ate 2 servings, the 500 calories would be less than an average hamburger and you would be full.

To prepare this you combine the 3 beans (drain the kidney beans), un-drained tomatoes, broth, rice and seasonings in the large shallow pan. Bring the ingredients to a boil and reduce the heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until the rice is tender.  After the rice is done add in the cup of spaghetti sauce and mix it until it is thoroughly heated – about a minute or two.  If you are adding the cheese, remove from heat, top it and cover until it is melted – maybe a minute or two.

Serve and enjoy with your favorite glass of wine.  Even though it has spaghetti sauce as a base I would say any adequately acidic red wine would pair nicely with this.  If no red is available then a white will do or a rose.  If all else fails I hear Boone’s farm wild strawberry wine is drinking very well right now.

Have a great week enjoying a new dish for dinner.

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Written by pacelinebiz

March 30, 2015 at 8:01 am

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