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The Maladroit Wife | Sniff-Test Rice
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Sniff-Test Rice

You know when you wear something for half the day and you give it the old sniff-test and put it back in the closet?  Because it’s not REALLY dirty?

Well, this isn’t REALLY dirty rice.  I like dirty rice, but sometimes I’m too lazy to be authentic, so here’s a great big-batch healthy lunch that totally passes the sniff test.



3 cups rice (or however many you need to get through your week)
1 medium-large yellow onion
2 green peppers
some garlic
2 20 ounce packages of ground meat – I used turkey this time
3 cans black beans
2 tablespoons oregano
2 tablespoons thyme
3-4 tablespoons paprika


Following the directions on the rice package, get that started in a pot with some water.  I used long grain brown rice, I like the flavor better than white rice.
Dice your onion and throw it in a saute pan with some olive oil.  While that gets going, dice your green pepper and add that.  Then some garlic – I use a spoonful, which reveals that I use garlic from a jar.  I’m sorry.  It’s just so easy.  It’s probably equivalent to 3 or 4 cloves, but use however much makes you happy.
Once this is all soft and maybe has a little nice color and your house smells good, add the ground meat and cook it thoroughly.  Throw in your tablespoons of thyme, oregano, and paprika (fyi, 2 tbsp = a little pile in the palm of your hand) and stir it all around.
Once the rice is done, pile this on top and add the black beans.  Drain them a little, but keep some of the liquid.  When you dish this up, top it with your favorite hot sauce.  My husband used Tabasco, I went with Frank’s.  I hear you can put that sh#t on everything.
Easy to make, easy to reheat, less than $15 for a week of food!

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