One pot wonder inspired by Dad.

Tonight for dinner I really wanted a cheeseburger and fries. But that would have set off a slew of bad choices that I just didn’t want to go through tonight. So…I took a little inspiration from my Dad. Dad has a knack for not wasting food and in the process sometimes mixed together some random stuff. My favorite is when I used to watch him mix together the ends of cereal boxes. Ew!! I would exclaim. But is part of his charm and we’ve come up with some pretty cool stuff because of this unique talent of his (try simmering scallops in peppercorn ranch mixed with salsa…CRAZY GOOD!)

But tonight, good choices it would be and therefore I went “shopping” in my fridge and pantry and ended up with a darn tasty, healthy, fast, one-pot wonder.

Found items:

  • Leftover Jasmine rice w/ chopped cilantro (heated up)
  • Cup of diced tomatoes
  • Pre-minced garlic
  • End of its life green onion (white part only)
  • Mini-scoop of creme fraiche (optional)

Fridge/Pantry items:

  • Can of black beans (drained)
  • Cup of frozen chopped kale
  • Cumin (healthy scoop)
  • Cayenne (splash)
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Ancho Chili Powder (a shake)

In the pot I sauteed the garlic/onion with a bit of olive oil then added the cumin for toasting. I then added the tomatoes and kale with a teeny bit of water and salt, chili pepper, and cayenne. I added the black beans with a tad more salt and simmered for a bit (maybe 5 min?). Checked the salt and pepper. Then put over the heated rice with a slotted spoon. I had some leftover creme fraiche, which I realize is dairy but I used a teeny amount for texture and it didn’t seem to upset sensitivo tummy.

All I can say is…crazy goodness. And I bet the leftovers will be really good for the very nice man who gets to the explore the fridge when I head to Chicago tomorrow. Mmmmm.

Thanks for the inspiration Dad.

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