Do you remember how I used to hate cooking?
That at 3:30 pm everyday (whether I was working in the office or at home) I would think, “Oh, no. What are we going to eat for supper!”?
Suddenly, with the help of Mrs. Ree Drummond, I am no longer fearful. The fear has been removed from my daily schedule.
The kitchen is my friend.
So much so that I have entered into a cooking contest.
Can you believe it? ME!
Can you tell I’m in disbelief?
BlogHer and Knorr are partnering to host this contest. I emailed them to tell them that I was interested and suddenly, I am a participant! I am still in shock. I am one out of 200 contestants. If I am a selected to be one of 8 finalists, I would get to go to BlogHer San Diego!
When my package of Knorr Homestyle Stock was delivered, I ripped open the envelope and stared at it.
I would like to present to you Mexican Fiesta Beans and Rice that even Ree Drummond would be proud of. The photography–not so much–but the recipe–Oh, yeah!
Mexican Fiesta Beans and Rice
Feeds 2 to 4
Total Cook Time: 40 minutes
3 1/2 cups water
1 container Knorr Homestyle chicken stock
1 cup of white rice
1 can black beans–drained
1 can tomatoes with green chiles (I like the kind with lime and cilantro)–drained
2 cups of cheddar
Juice from 1/2 a lime
2 tablespoons of cilantro
Heat water to boiling. When it’s boiling, stir the Knorr Homestyle chicken stock until it dissolves. Once dissolved, stir in rice. Lower heat to a simmer and let it simmer for 20 minutes. After it has simmered, drain whatever remaining water is in the pot and put the cover on and let it sit for 10 minutes to absorb excess liquid. When the rice is finished resting, stir in black beans and tomatoes. Add one cup of cheddar and stir until melted. Add the lime juice and cilantro and stir, but don’t overmix. Garnish with the remaining cheddar.
We added 1 pound of shredded chicken and wrapped it in tortillas, but it works well as a casserole type dish without the chicken as well.
And there you have it. If you try this simple recipe, would you mind letting me know what you thought? What it may have needed or what else you did with it? I would love to hear.
Oh, and thank you, Pioneer Woman, for unknowingly giving me the confidence to attempt this. You know not who I am, but maybe one day I will be able to thank you in person!