Smart Ones and Lean Cuisine both make a version of Santa-Fe style Rice and Beans. Even though they are a little different from each other, they are both very good! Not too long ago, my sister was over for lunch. Her with the Smart Ones version and Me with the Lean Cuisine version. We debated which one we thought was better and what exactly made that one better. She settled on the Smart Ones and I settled on the Lean Cuisine. Either way, we've agreed that they are by far our favorite frozen meal. I have now made my own version! I really really liked it and I am very excited to have it again tomorrow for lunch.
1 can of black beans (drain off the top liquid)
1 can of kidney beans (don't drain)
1 can of corn (don't drain)
1 15oz can of tomato sauce
4 cups of water
2 cups of rice (uncooked non-instant)
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1 heaping tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 - 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper (more or less depending on how spicy you like it)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup of sour cream
This is an easy one. Throw everything into a large pan. Stir it together and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low to simmer. Simmer on low for 15-20 minutes, until liquid has absorbed and rice is soft. Make sure to stir this often.
Serve with sour cream and low fat shredded cheese.
DH and the kids loved this. It's a little spicy but mild enough that my 3 and 6 year old had no problem eating it all up!