One of the first cookbooks I ever cooked from was Mollie Katzen’s vegetarian masterpiece, The Enchanted Broccoli Forest. The book taught me a lot of things, like vegetables are not evil and it was possible for me to cook from scratch. Although the Enchanted Broccoli Forest didn’t convert me to being a vegetarian, it did make me appreciate a meatless meal.
So this week’s 10 recipes every beginning cook should know is beans and rice. I choose beans and rice because it is a nutritious yet very cheap meal. Although beans and rice sounds rather boring, in reality it isn’t. Aside from the traditional recipes like red beans and rice or black beans and rice, you can find a ton of variations. My favorite variations of beans and rice come from a blog called No Meat Athlete. He has a post where he has a master recipe and 5 variations on the master recipe. Later on he posted a 6th variation that I haven’t tried yet. I have tried most of his variations and liked them so from time to time I will post my small batch adaptions of his recipes hear. If you can’t wait you can find all his bean and rice recipes at No Meat Athlete. I don’t usually use half cans of an ingredients but with the remaining tomatoes with green chilies I make a salsa for chips.