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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Last Minute Dinner!

I don't know about you, but I am not always the best planner when it comes to dinner. Some days, like today, I am on top of it, and have beef carne asada cooking in the crockpot. This is a "first time" recipe so we will see how it goes!

I was inspired by my friend this week. She is menu planning for her large family, and said it was saving her money by doing so. I thought hmmm... that's a good reason to menu plan if there ever was one, and I'd like to be more thoughtful with dinners so I am not scrambling at the last minute.

I was going through my recipes and discovered this one again. It is a delicious medley of spices and flavors, and it comes together in the same amount of time it takes to cook brown rice. That works for me! Sometimes I just can't get to the crockpot early enough in the day!

Black Beans with Turkey and Brown Rice

1 T oil
8 oz ground turkey
(pretty sure I have always used a full pound)
1 C chopped onion
1 C chopped green bell pepper
1 t garlic
2 8-oz cans tomato sauce
2 T soy sauce
1 T lemon juice
1 T mustard
1 t chili powder
3 C cooked black beans, rinsed if canned. If you cook from scratch, 1 C dry = 3 C cooked.
3 C freshly cooked brown rice (can use white, but brown is more filling and tastes better).

1. Heat oil and cook turkey until done.
2. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic, and cook five minutes until tender.
3. Whisk tomato sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, mustard & chili powder until blended. Stir into turkey mixture along with the beans.
4. Reduce heat to medium low and cook 20 minutes until hot and the flavors are blended.
5. Serve over hot brown rice.

This is a really good, and easy-to-make dish that comes together (if you have the beans cooked) in as much time as it takes to cook the brown rice.

Enjoy!

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