Does anyone remember that TV show called Semi Homemade with Sandra Lee? That’s what I always think of when I take massive shortcuts as I do in this quick meal. I’m kind of embarrassed to show you how to make this because it involves a product that I am a bit ashamed of using: pre-cooked rice. WAIT! Before you stop reading, give me a second to explain . . . Okay, I don’t actually have a great explanation, other than I saw a friend using it to make dinner one night and it tasted great! No joke. Since then, I have always kept a bag of it around, because I inevitably forget to cook rice until the rest of my meal is already made. I use this “Mexican style” version in this dish:
(You’re judging me. I can tell.)
Regardless of your opinions on pre-cooked rice, you can still make this meal without it if you so choose. Cook the rice, and then mix in some salsa to give it some flavour. Done.
Quick Meal: Fajita BowlsPrint Recipe
- 2 bell peppers cut into strips (I used red and yellow)
- 1 small onion halved and then cut into half moons
- splash of olive oil
- taco seasoning pack, or make your own
- 1 bag of Uncle Ben's "Mexican Style Rice" (or rice mixed with some salsa)
- 1 tin of drained black beans (I like this brand)
- garnish: cilantro, tortilla chips, avocado, hot sauce
slice the peppers and onion and add sauté them over medium heat until they are soft.
add taco seasoning to taste
heat the rice and beans in a separate pot (or keep it to a one pot/pan meal and just add the rice and beans to heat with the peppers!)
assemble, garnish, and eat!
PS: I have done a version of this with fried plantains, and it is so so good! I was hoping to do those this week, but I didn’t have time to walk to the Brixton Market to get the plantains. Luckily I had some bell peppers and avocado that worked in a pinch.