My Inner Hippie Love Child Is Fed

Before I re-invented myself as the height of sophistication, I was a sweet sincere hippie looking for peace and often confused by the cruelty of the world. Actually, I was as messed up as the next person if I were being honest with myself, but I desperately wanted to be simple and pure. It just wasn't in the cards.

Bean-rice-nopal

Now, so much of the latest data about health stresses the need for whole grains. When friends are over or if I'm feeling needy, I would never serve this kind of thing but if it's just a night home alone, watching Tivo'd Judge Judy reruns, I try and eat whole grains, lots of vegetables and minimal meat. I tell myself this helps balance out the more indulgent things I eat but it's based on emotions, not science.

My long-winded point is that good brown rice (like Massa's), nopales, beans and some good sausages make a fine weeknight meal.

2 Comments on My Inner Hippie Love Child Is Fed

  1. If someone were to cook this for me when I came over, I would be thrilled! But then, I did grow up in a hippie household myself, so that looks a lot like comfort food.

  2. Carla Rollins/York, Maine // March 13, 2009 at 8:49 am // Reply

    I love masa’s brown rice. My best find, while visiting my son in San Fran, has been your beans & masa at the same time. At least once a week I combine the two. I cook the rice as mentioned in Saveur (I believe) 12 C. boiling water, 1 C. rice, boil rapidly for 30 minutes, drain, put the rice back in the pot, with a lid for 10 minutes. Then I add a large dribble of lemon olive oil & salt. I make it in the morning then have rice to go with my beans for a few days – all sorts of ways. I make any of your beans the usual way, serve them, eat them then when they are getting down a bit, stick a roasted chicken, carcass & all in the pot, some stock, cook a bit then that is it for the last of the beans. This is truly the best!

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