I am sorry for the lack of posting lately. I have the immune system of a 3 week old baby. I somehow managed to get BOTH strep and the flu over the weekend. I have been miserable for days. Add in that I leave to see my Grandmother in less than a week and both of my finals are due on Sunday, and I don't know how I've been functioning. With meals like this, of course! This meal is easy, comforting and did I mention easy?! :)
Kidney Bean & Rice Gratin
- 1 Tb. olive oil
- 1/2 cup frozen peppers & onions
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 1/2 cups cooked rice (1/2 cup uncooked)
- 3/4 cup frozen corn
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano or Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 cup cheddar blend
- Cilantro, for garnish (optional)*
Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat the oil in a large nonstick pan. Add the peppers & onions, celery, and garlic. Saute about 10 minutes, until celery is tender.
Mix in chili powder, Italian seasoning, cumin, and crushed red pepper.
Add in canned tomatoes and bring to a boil. Let simmer for about 5 minutes.
Mix in beans, corn and rice.
If pan is oven-safe, cover with cheese and stick the pan in the oven to bake. My pan is oven safe but I tend not to use it because I'm over careful with my pan. :) I transfered the mixture to a prepared casserole dish, topped with cheese and baked for 15 minutes.
Nutritional information (for 1/3): 412 calories, 12g fat (5g sat), 61g carbs, 10g fiber, 16g protein
Standard sick fare is soup and other canned meals. After two days of that, the only thing I was craving was REAL FOOD. It's crazy how much your body likes what it likes. I was too tired to fight it the first two days but by the third, I was actually getting nauseous at the thought of food from a can again. This is where quick, nutritious meals made from real food come in handy! :)