Below is a recipe modified from one of my favorite deal blogs, hip2save.com. The original wasn’t totally fasting. This one is Baba approved.
A word of caution on rice. I usually recommend brown rice. But, it might not be the best choice for your family If you haven’t read this release from the FDA regarding arsenic in US grown rice, please do. Initially, when the report was released, (a couple of years ago) the USDA recommended cooking rice in 5-6 times the amount of water and draining it. Since then, the FDA does not necessarily recommend it. I know it is really hard to cook rice well. So, if you still need a rice cooker to get it right, consider basmati as, according to the FDA q&a, itcontains the least amount of arsenic.
Black beans are a good source of iron and protein. Combined with rice they present a more complete amino acid combination. Avocados are fatty and filling. I recommend them. I also recommend serving this with salsa. Otherwise, it’ll be kind of bland. But, maybe bland is part of your discipline.
Cilantro Lime Rice Salad
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, minced
2/3 cup rice
1 cup water
juice from 1 lime, or 3 teaspoons bottled lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Lord, bless my work.
2. In a 2-quart heavy saucepan, heat oil. Add rice and lime juice, stir for 1 minute. Add water and salt and bring to a full rolling boil.
3. At boiling, cover and turn down to simmer over low heat until rice is tender and the water is absorbed – about 25 minutes. Add in the cilantro and fluff rice with a fork.
1 cup black beans (canned or previously cooked)
1/2 onion, sliced
2 bell peppers, sliced
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin
dash of garlic powder
1 cup corn, frozen thawed
1/2 head of lettuce, chopped (mild lettuce like butter or romaine)
avocado or guacamole
1. Sauté onion and bell peppers with a small amount of oil. Add spices and stir, 1 minute. Remove from heat.
2. Layer lettuce, rice, beans, peppers, onions, and corn. Add any additional toppings desired.