It’s no secret I’m always looking for the easy way to do something. I like to say it’s because I’m super busy. Which I am. I have a full-time job. And a business. And I’m starting a second business (because sleeping isn’t necessary for my life.) But, most importantly, I am never interested in anything that lasts more than an hour in duration. This could be attributable to my untreated ADD but it also might be that, and this is more important, I don’t think anything should take more than an hour of my time. Ever.
Laundry? If I think it’s going to take more than the time to study for my weekend religious meeting, it can be dropped off and picked up. I don’t have time to waste it standing staring at the wash and repeat cycle.
Bill paying? It better be online or auto-deducted. Otherwise, I have no patience for it.
And cooking better be quick, painless and with a relatively short number of steps.
After work, the last thing I want to do is… anything.
I want to sit and be still. I want to read a book, research something and hang with my lady Judge Judy. I do not want to be in the kitchen all night.
But the conundrum (spelling bee word) is that I want to eat well. And I want to eat well in the middle of “Austerity months”. (Side note: I’m saving for a house so I’m being more financially responsible. Austerity sucks.) But austerity month means I do not have the variety of food that I normally have in my house. And because austerity month means I am reducing my purchases, I, also, have limited my takeout calling. (It’s not a good thing when the delivery man knows your first name and greets you like a friend when you run into them at the market.)
The struggle is real in my house.
And I’m freaking hungry.
I told you in my “How to Cook White Rice- Adulting 101” post that my rice cooker is my best friend. It’s my man. My boyfriend. My everything. Between the rice cooker and the air fryer, I can eat well and quick They are both so versatile. And easy to clean. And easy to store. And don’t require too much labour to get a lot of food. (Woo! all those “ands” made me want to go bust out my air fryer and get something going in my kitchen). My air fryer makes that moment when you just want some fries and “meatballs”, not a hard decision. No need to heat up the oven and wait 30 minutes for it to get warm before you put the food in. Nope. All I have to do is plug in my air fryer. And when I need rice, which is at, literally, every meal, all I have to do is plug it in.
A few nights ago, I wanted rice and beans. A grandmother’s rice and beans. Not greasy and heavy like the rice I get it if I go the to the corner store. And I didn’t want to wait for someone else to make it. So, I, in my SB wisdom, decided I can do this. And I don’t need to bring out the big, steel rice pot (you know which one I’m talking about). I’m a one-person household. I need at most 4 servings of anything because that fifth serving is definitely going in the trash. So, the rice cooker is the perfect size for my one household needs.
So, I put my trusty rice cooker to work. And the results were good. Now I won’t lie and say that these rice and beans are the best you’ll ever have. If you have a Spanish grandmother who likes to cook, these won’t hold a candle to what she can do with that ridiculously oversized pot. But this recipe is delicious, quick, and totally made my week. (I loved it so much I made it twice.) I think you’ll like it just as much.
Tips: I like to heat my rice cooker before I add the ingredients and swirl oil on the bottom. I think it helps the rice to not stick which won’t be a problem for you if you have a new(er) rice cooker.
Another tip: You can find Sazon in the Spanish food section of your supermarket.