In most of life's work, systems help us to function at our best. Systems allow us to eliminate roadblocks that inhibit us from doing a good job, or, from tackling the job at all. And nowhere is this truer than in the kitchen. Here, having a few good systems in place can make a positive difference in our daily lives, as this one room is the primary source of our physical and spiritual nourishment. SimplyCooking® is one such system--a guideline of ingredients for stocking the pantry and a collection of recipes that use them. With a few cans of beans, canned tomatoes, an onion, pepper and basic spices, you have the ingredients for a hearty winter meal made simply. That's power.
1 Tbsp. grape seed oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green or red pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 - 15 oz. cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 - 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 - 15 oz. can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 - 15 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
1/4 cup molasses
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taske
hot pepper sauce (optional)
Heat oil in a 4 quart pot or casserole. Add onion, pepper and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes and all seasonings. Gently combine and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes. Serve immediately or cover and cook over low heat for up to 1 hour. The flavors will continue to develop. Season with hot sauce, if desired, for heat.
Serve over brown rice, pasta or couscous. Excellent with cornbread.