Elaine and I have stumbled across a favorite dinner. It’s simple to buy, make, and consume. It’s vegan, cheap, and can vary to suit tastes.
Basically, it’s just rice, beans, and a veggie. I know it sounds simple, but it comes together well. For the two of us, we cook a cup of rice, one can of black beans, and a stalk of broccoli. Changing the kind of bean or using a different green gives some variety.
To prepare, chop up the broccoli and cook the rice. While that’s cooking, put the broccoli in a buttered pan. Pour a little water over the broccoli (for steam) and cover the pan. Heat on medium for a bit (until ’emerald’). Then move the broccoli to one side in the pan, pour the beans in, and move the pan so the beans are in the center of the flame. When the beans start bubbling, take everything down and eat.