Rice & Beans is a staple dish for many countries around the world, especially poorer countries. Apparently they figured out long before recent scientific affirmation that the combination of grains and legumes makes for a very healthy and tasty meal.
This recipe is based off a recipe from the Vegetarian Cooking, but I have modified it signficantly. It definitely ranks in my top five recipes. The picture pairs the bolognese with carrot apple walnut salad
I developed most of this recipe on my own, though the peanut sauce is largely taken from Very Vegetarian. It is a very quick, tasty, and healthy meal.
Barley used to be my favorite grain – until I discovered quinoa. Quinoa is a South American grain, once a staple of the Incas, rich in protein and minerals. The Incas referred to it as the “mother grain”. It is quite small and light, and has a very pleasant texture. You can find it most health food stores. So far in my life, everyone for whom I have made this dish had never had quinoa before, and everyone enjoyed it very much. Enjoy.
This dish is a really great summer meal, since it involves no cooking. I suggest getting most of the vegetables at an Asian grocery if you can. They tend to be cheaper and fresher.