Alma & Megan Cook!

Last night, Alma and I got together for a Boston trip planning session and a yummy dinner. Alma had a great family recipe for beans & rice (the Mediterranean version). We paired our delicious food with some red wine – it was a very fun Monday evening!

To begin, Alma chopped the garlic, shallots, and onion.

Alma chops garlic

Next, we sauteed the garlic, shallots, and onion in olive oil, until brown.

Onions, Shallots, Garlic, EVOO

To the mixture, we added a large can of diced tomatoes, 2 cans of black beans (un-drained), 1 1/2 cups of brown rice (un-cooked), 1 1/2 cups of water, 2 bay leaves, oregano, and red pepper flakes (and maybe some other spices that I am forgetting….). Bring to a rolling boil, reduce to low, cover, and simmer for about 45-50 minutes. I used this time to google all of the Dunkin’ Donuts within a 100 mile radius of the Marathon start…

Add some rice

Alma’s (not so) secret family recipe:

Family Recipe

While the rice & beans were cooking, we made some chicken. We coated the chicken breasts with garlic powder, ground pepper, and salt.

Garlic Chicken

Next, we sauteed the chicken in olive oil until brown and slightly crispy.

Saute the chicken

Getting ready to eat and drink a little wine :-)

Alma & Megan

Yum! This dinner was full of fiber, protein, healthy carbs, and deliciousness. Boston Marathon, here we come!



EDIT: Alma just sent me the official recipe-


olive oil
1 head garlic
1 Spanish onion
2 shallots
1 can crushed tomatoes (28 oz)
2 cans black beans (15.5 oz each)
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2-3 bay leaves
crushed red pepper (about a teaspoon)
oregano (about a teaspoon)
basil (a bit)
1.5 cups long grain brown rice


heat olive oil
sauté onion and shallots
after a minute or so, add the garlic
sauté until the garlic starts to brown, adding more (or A LOT more) oil as necessary
add crushed tomatoes and black beans, vinegar, bay leaves, crushed red pepper, oregano and basil and stir well
add 1.5 cups long grain brown rice and (approximately) 1.5 cups water and stir well
bring to a boil
reduce heat, cover, and simmer about 50 minutes
let sit 5 minutes or so

And last, but not least, I leave you with a very classy photo: icing my foot under my desk at work. The injuries, aches, and pains just keep crawling out of the woodwork.

Icing my foot


2 Responses

  1. :( poor Megan’s lower extremities! I think you need to take up biking or swimming soon! yummy food though! i love the blog!

  2. looks like you had a great dinner with great company =)

    I hope your foot feels better….

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