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One-pot Wholesome Rice and Beans

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This post is a recipe idea for a one-pot meal for the whole family.  It is a very simple and easy recipe that will come quiet handy on beat up days when there is not much energy left for  time consuming recipes.  Large peppers (abundant in anthocynanins) are used in this recipe.  This recipe has enough protein, carbohydrate and nutrition from beans, rice and vegetables (onion, tomato and peppers).  These peppers impart a very smoky flavor without imparting too much heat. Any large pepper that will not impart heat will do fine for this recipe.  So if you have left over roasted pepper, or canned whole chillies or jalapeno use those for this recipe.  MTS is all about efficient and creative methods in cooking, so this post about an idea for a recipe that leads our readers to whip up many such efficient and creative culinary creations.

Kind of food: Main course/ Side dish
How long: 30 min
Makes: 5 cups
Pots and Pans: One large pot with lid

Rice with bean and peppers

2 tbsp oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 Tbsp chooped garlic
1-2 green chillies (Anahiem or Banana peppers – basically the large ones)
2 cups rice
1 tbsp salt (or to taste)
4 cups water
1 cup canned beans (any beans)
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/4 cup cilantro (corainder leaves) chopped for garnish

How to make
Place a heavy bottomed deep skillet / pot on medium heat.and warm up the oil on medium heat for a minute. While the oil is warming up chop the garlic, onion, and chillies and add it to the pan as when you are done chopping each of these.   Sprinkle a little salt to help onions cook faster. After the onions a slightly tender (about 2-3 minutes) add the rice and saute it till the rice turns opaque (takes about 4-5 mins).  Now add water and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil (about 5 min).  In the mean time drain and rinse the beans and chop the tomato and cilantro. Once the mixture comes to a boil, add the tomato and beans, cover and cook for exactly 7 min on medium heat. Turn of the heat and do not open for another 10 min. Open it after 10 minutes, fluff up the rice with a fork. Garnish with fresh cliantro and serve hot.
Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Serving ideas
This wholesome  rice can be served as such with salsa or used as a side or main dish to accompany grilled chicken, fish or a curry or raita.
This basic method of cooking flavored rice is very handy and works really well in large quantities for parties.
This  rice also travels well in a lunch box.

Tips, tricks and alternatives
You could use 2 cups of frozen vegetable for added nutrition.


April 20, 2009 at 8:56 am 1 comment

Curried lima beans (butter beans)

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Lima beans (or sometimes called butter beans) are very nutritious and have a nice buttery taste to it. Its not too popular among kids, but Lima beans can be very tasty and liked by kids. The beans also adds a lot of nutrition to a meal. The curried lima bean recipe is a great way to start including this wonderful bean in your regular shopping list.

Lima beans curried

Kind of food: Side
How long: 20 min
Makes: 3 cups
Pots and Pans: Pot or a deep pan

2 cups Lima beans (frozen or canned)
1 tsp Black mustard seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp Curry leaves chopped ( or curry 1/2 tsp powder or 1 tsp chopped fresh cilantro)
1 small green chili chopped finely (or less – adjust to spice level needed)
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes
salt to taste

How to make
If using frozen Lima beans – Cook the beans in a pot covered with enough water to submerge the beans for about 7-10 min or till the beans are tender. If using canned beans, just wash and drain. Alternatively, you can also pressure cook the beans.
In a pan heat the cooking oil.  Add mustard seeds to the oil and wait till the seeds crackle. Add the chili, turmeric, curry leaves, and onions. Saute for a couple of minutes till the onions are tender. Add the tomatoes and cook for another minute or two. Add the cooked Lima beans and salt. Give it all the good toss and cook for another minute or two.  Serve warm.

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Serving Ideas
The beans are very flavorful and can be serve with plain rice or any flat bread
Make a great toddler food – the beans are large in size and very soft, easily handled by the little fingers.

Tip, tricks and alternatives
Lima beans are very buttery tasting, hence appealing to kids. The curry can be slightly mashed and cooked with less spice for smaller kids.  The mashed up beans can be used as  a spread to make a quick sandwich for snack or lunch box.

January 28, 2009 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

Superbowl party in an hour

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This post is a guide to show how to throw in under one hour a super bowl party or a game party or  a guy’s poker night.  All these recipes are ideal for both the novice and the veterans in kitchen.  So take a break, open up a beer, tune on the pre-game show and set your timer to an hour.

super bowl

The key to a party is a well prepared host before the cooking and a well relaxed host after the cooking.  We have provided the shopping list to ensure a well prepared host.  The party menu is designed for a small party of about 7 -1o guests. You can scale to this to fit your party size.

Beverage: Beer, Coyote Gold Margarita, soda and/or juices ( choose what works best for your audience)
Appetizer: Buffalo chicken dip and Healthy parmesan fries
Main course: Southwestern Chili with the works
Desert: Ice cream buffet

IMPORTANT NOTE: This party post is a guideline on how to gear up with several recipes in a short amount of time. The time  indicated will not be accurate for all users. Each of us work on a different pace.  Please consider this as guideline on how multiple recipes can be prepared at the same time to save time and energy. Also take note of the serving sizes of each individual recipe and scale it according to your party size.  You could always divide this menu among friends and family and host your MTS inspired event.  Please send us feedback on such MTS inspired events.

Phase 1 (20 -25 minutes)
Put the Beer and/or Coyote Gold Margarita, soda and/or juices in the fridge. This would be a good time to give micro brews like Coyote gold a shot.  Remove the frozen fries from the oven and cut open the bag.   Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Rinse the red beans for the chili. In a pot a combine all the ingredients for the chili with the exception of the cilantro, cheese , sour cream and chips.  Close and bring the contents of the pot to boiling on medium heat. While the ingredients for the chili are simmering, shred the chicken for the buffalo chicken dip using a blender.  Soften the cream cheese by microwaving  it for 10 – 20 seconds.  Combine the chicken, cream cheese, hot sauce, ranch and 1/2 of the shredded cheese in a greased oven proof tray.  Sprinkle the rest of  the cheese on top of the chicken mixture. Cover the dip with aluminum foil and set it aside.  While still holding on the foil line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and grease it  with oil or oil spray.  Arrange the fries in a single layer.

Phase 2 (20 -25 minutes)
Arrange the toppings for the chill in individual bowls.  Arrange the toppings where you would leave them for serving.  Arrange the toppings for Ice cream bar. Keep this away until serving time.   The chili should be done by this time.  Leave it in a crock pot or leave the stove on the lowest heat setting.  Place the frozen fries in the oven for 5 minutes.  In the mean time mix garlic powder, chili flakes, dried oregano and garlic powder to make the spice mixture for the fries. Remove the fries from the oven, drizzle the oil and sprinkle the spice mixture. Toss the fries gently and place it back in the oven for 10 – 12 minutes until desired crispiness in achieved.  While placing the fries in the oven put the buffalo chicken dip also in the oven. When the fries cook in the oven chop cilantro for the chili. For added color place the fries and the dip under broil for 30 secs to 1 minute. Watch carefully!    Turn the oven to 200°F to keep the food warm. Until serving time keep the dip covered in the oven and the fries partially covered.

Phase 3 (10 minutes before the party)
Set a timer to remind you to transfer the ice-cream from the freezer to fridge 10 minutes before serving time.  Arrange, plates, cups, cutlery, ice and napkins.  Most importantly, put on your game face.  Leave the stress to the teams and enjoy the evening! Remove the fries, sprinkle Parmesan cheese and serve hot.

Note: At dessert time lay out the ice cream/s and the toppings for the ice cream buffet

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

If you have a larger group and would like more items, replace/add any of our numerous other  recipes. Try two flavors of fries.  Check the tips section of the post on oven fries.  Add a store bought salsa for an additional dip.  Some quick store bought items can be added to the menu like – cookies, veggie trays and use one our easy dipping sauces, fruit trays etc.
Fresh bread from a local bakery can be served with chili to make this a very filling meal.

January 26, 2009 at 1:39 am Leave a comment

Super bowl Southwestern Chili (with vegeterian option)

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Chili is a one pot comfort food that makes for a hearty meal.  This version to the classic is so simple that it does not involve any prep work .

Southwestern Chili

Kind of food: Main dish/ side
Makes: Serves 6
How long: 30 min
Pots & pans: Pot

2 cans of red beans
1 can of southwestern black beans (available pre-seasoned with limejuice and/or cumin)
1 – 16 oz bottle of salsa (hot or mild  – as per your choice)
1 – 1.25 oz taco seasoning mix (available in packets in the spice asile)
1 – 8 oz pack grilled fajita chicken or beef fajitas (available fully cooked in the frozen food section)
Vegetarian substitute: 1 – 8 Oz box of meatless ground burger (available fully cooked in the frozen food section along with the garden/soy burger)
2 cups of Monterrey jack or pepper jack or cheddar cheese
2 cups of sour cream
2 cups of fritos or corn chips (tortilla chips)
1/2 cup cilantro chopped fine (Optional)

How to make:
Rinse the red beans. Do not rinse the seasoned black beans. In a pot a combine all the above ingredients with the exception of the cilantro, cheese , sour cream and chips.  Close and bring the contents of the pot to boiling on medium heat. Turn the heat to medium low and let it simmer for 20 minutes covered using splatter guard or partially covered  (by placing a wooden or a heat resistant ladle in the pot and then covering with a lid – to create a gap).  DO NOT  cover tight. When the chili simmers arrange the toppings (sour cream, cheese, chips) in individual bowls.  Garnish the chili with chopped cilantro just before serving.  To keep the chili warm place it in a crock pot (slow cooker) or in a 200 F oven until serving time. Let your guests pick their toppings at the time of serving.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Tip, tricks & alternatives
Add garlic for some extra flavor.  Saute 1 Tbsp of chopped garlic in oil and then add all the ingredients for the chili to the pot. This chili stores good in the fridge for a few days.

January 5, 2009 at 1:17 am Leave a comment

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