- Makes: 4 Servings
- Ready In: 40 mins
- Prep Time: 10-15 mins
- Cook Time: 30 mins
You don’t need a whole kitchen to cook. Here’s a complete meal you can make with just a rice cooker. This is perfect for cooking in a hotel room, dorm room, or where ever you have electricity but no other cooking facilities. It’s good at home, too, for those days when you want a fast, no-fuss meal.
By changing the types of beans and flavoring of the tomatoes, you can use the same recipe to make a wide variety of meals. Try kidney beans with chili-style tomatoes, chick peas with basil, garlic, and oregano, black beans with garlic and onions, and pinto beans with jalapenos.
Active time: 12 minutes. Total time: about 40 minutes, depending on your rice cooker. Makes 4 servings, 1 cup each.
- Calories: 202
- Fat: g
- Protein: 12g
- Carbohydrates: 39g
- Fiber: 11g
- Sugar: 5g
Nutritional Information (per serving)
1/2 cup rice
1 cup water
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper or zucchini, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes, with seasoning if you like
1 can (15 ounces) rinsed beans
salt to taste
grated or cubed cheese (optional)
- Put rice, water, chopped onion, chopped green pepper or zucchini, minced garlic, and tomatoes with the juice in rice cooker. Turn cooker on and let it complete its cooking cycle.
- Meanwhile, rinse the beans and cut up cheese into 1/4 inch cubes if needed.
- When the cooking cycle is done, add beans to rice mixture and stir.
- Turn cooker back on to warm the beans for about 2 minutes.
- Taste and add salt as needed.
- Serve topped with grated or cubed cheese if desired. Refrigerate any extra or throw it away if you don't have access to a refrigerator.
- To rinse beans, drain off any liquid you can. Add water and drain, repeating until rinse water comes out clear. Pour the loose beans into the tomato can, use a fork or spoon to loosen any remaining beans, and rinse the loosened beans. If you don't rinse beans well, the dish will have a metallic taste and may have more BPA from the can lining. Pregnant women and very young children should be especially careful about BPA exposure.
- You can add the beans at the start, but I like to wait. Canned beans are completely cooked to start with, so cooking them longer can make them mushy.