Saturday, April 3, 2010

Cuisine: Rice Cooker Rice and Beans

Rice and beans are one of those dishes that I can eat over and over again, especially when they are spicy. I thought about how to make this dish for people with limited access either to food or space. And then I thought rice cooker and convenience store! You can find a cheap one at the thrift store, and all the ingredients can be found at the barest of convenience stores. (Well, at least out here.) It is tasty, easy, and has a hint of spice. To add a dash of zest, sprinkle fresh lemon or lime juice over the top just before eating.

1 can white kidney beans, drained
2 7 oz cans salsa casera (or 1 16oz bottle of Pace Picante Sauce, or some other salsa)
1 can diced tomatoes, drained
1 1/2 cups rice
1 1/2 cups water
1 small can jalapenos, seeded and diced depending on hotness
1 scant TBSP cajun seasoning

Mix all ingredients in a rice cooker. Turn on. After it pops, let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!