This recipe is based on one from Almost Vegetarian Entertaining, but over the years I kept tweaking until I got it just how I like it. Depending on my mood, I sometimes use other beans, such as great northern, cannellini, pinto, or adzuki.
This one comes from Vegetarian Cooking, though I have made my own modifications. Two key points I have learned about cooking tofu: (1) press the tofu, and (2) fry the tofu. These two steps will give it a very nice texture, which is frequently the complaint of many people who do not like tofu. There’s a good chance they have never had it cooked well.
Clare gets most of the credit for this recipe. The combination of corn, beans, and vegetables makes a tasty, healthy, and quick meal. It is particularly nice in the summer, since it does not require any cooking.
This is the first recipe I would call all mine. One summer I had a few days at home between travels, and I wanted to use what was on hand. I think I came up with a very tasty combination. Originally it was more of a main dish, but it has evolved into a breakfast dish. It took me several years to discover how to get crispy potatoes. I finally learned that part of the key is to cook the potatoes by themselves. Adding vegetables adds too much water, and the potatoes get soggy.
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.
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.