In this house, we do SPICE.
Sometimes, we enjoy a good tongue-burning experience, and I ain’t lying.
This is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite “I need something quick and easy” meals. It’s quick and easy because beans are already cooked, rice takes so little time to prep, and fish cooks QUICKLY. You don’t have to add the fish to make it enjoyable, but it helps us move towards the “one meal in one pan” kind of thing. (It’s not an entire meal in one skillet though. Eat your veggies! You could always saute some green peppers and onions to throw in!)
I do cook a large pot of beans regularly, and then freeze it into smaller portions. This is WAY WAY WAY cheaper than canned beans, and healthier too. When you soak and cook them, you reduce the phytic acid (which prevents you from absorbing nutrition), and consequently you are less gassy. :) (You’re welcome!)
I do this in a crockpot. If you’d like more information on my process, you can read about it here in this post from Deep Roots at Home. (Or just google it. There’s LOTS of info out there on soaking beans.)
Personally, it’s better to do it in large amounts, which is why I go with the crockpot. It’s not labor intensive, just takes time (as does all good/real food!).
My finished beans:
Here are the basic ingredients:
Fish filet (This pictures 4 small Cod filet)
butter for frying (go grass-fed! it’s the healthy butter!)
1 cup prepared rice
1/2 cup prepared beans (pictured are kidney beans)
1/2 to 1 tbl favorite cajun spice blend (depending on your favored level of spice! we do 1 tbl and it’s pretty hot)
Fry up your fish in the butter.
Throw in your rice and beans.
Mix them together (the fish will likely fall apart, but that’s ok!), and sprinkle your spice mix, and mix until well combined.
You may have to add more butter as you go to prevent sticking. I definitely had to as I was using stainless steel, not cast iron.
And voila! Yes, it’s that easy.
We served ours with some of my much loved roasted tomatoes with cheese. (And I really wish I had thought of green peppers and onions before writing this post! That would be a phenomenal add!)
Do you do spice? Flavor? What’s your favorite flavor explosion?