VEGETARIAN RED BEANS AND RICE
Go to taste on the spices & herbs. I usually add more garlic, cumin and chili powder. When you include rice with a bean, you have a great protein filled dish.
Now if you're celebrating Fat Tuesday, add some sauteed shrimp or chicken for a heartier meal. This can be divided in half.
Feel free to use your favorite kind of bean or add 2 different kinds.
1 very generous cup chopped onion
2-3 teaspoons garlic, minced
2 teaspoons cumin or to taste
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon chili powder blend or to taste
2 cups rice
2 cans red beans, drained
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth, or bit more if needed
Salt and pepper to taste
To stir in after cooking: Chopped Swiss chard, Spinach, Escarole or Kale. (If using Kale, add when you put the rice in as it takes longer to cook).
Garnish: Thinly sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes