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Black Beans and Rice
11/23/2011 | Sheryl McGlochlin

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(6 minutes of YOUR time, not cooking time).

1-minute chore: (I do this chore first thing in the morning by 9 am OR before I go to bed at night.

2 c. raw, uncooked black beans (rinse them off in water using a strainer)
8 c. water

Put in a slow cooker (crock pot)
Plug it in, turn on LOW, put the lid on and cook for approx. 8 hours.


5-minute chore:

Turn slow cooker off and unplug it.
Using a strainer, separate the cooked beans and bean juice - save BOTH in separate containers.
Refrigerate both the juice and beans until you are ready to use.
If you need some extra bean juice later, you'll have it available.
Bean juice is high in nutrients so water it down and feed your plants if you don’t use it yourself.

Your raw, uncooked beans will now be approx. 6 cups of cooked beans. Put them in 8 - 12 oz. containers and either freeze if you aren't going to use them for a few weeks OR put them in the fridge if you will be using them within 3 - 4 days.
If you freeze them, be sure and mark what they are so you'll remember.

Now proceed with this recipe, which will only take a few minutes to assemble:

Black Beans and Rice

2 c. cooked black beans
1 (8 oz.) can Salsa
1 cup uncooked Rice
1 (12 oz.) can Corn
1 (8 oz.) can Tomato Juice
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup grated Cheese (optional)
1/4 cup Water

Drain beans and corn. Combine all ingredients in a bowl (except the cheese). Pour into a 9 x 9 baking dish. Top with grated cheese. Cover and bake at 375 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Confirm that rice is tender before removing from oven. Tasty rolled in a warm tortilla garnished with sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, etc.

It may be served cold as a salad.