Sweet Onion, Red Pepper, Rice Bowl

 After a long day at work, I sat at the traffic light, stared blank in to the distance as endless rows of tail lights and exhaust pipes stared back at me. It was 5 o'clock and I had little over an hour of bumper to bumper traffic to fight through before I would be home, with my wine....I mean my family. 

"Dear God, what am I going to make for dinner?" I thought with as my eyes-rolled to the back of my head as if I had to prepare a meal for satin himself. "Can't they just feed themselves tonight?" It was just one of those weeks. I hadn't planned any meals. I hadn't gone grocery shopping. In fact, I can't even remember if I had showered or not. The perfectly put together mom and wife had clocked out this week. I am pretty sure she never really existed but I like to dream her up from time to time. This week though, she had escaped to a far away land where crying babies and hungry husbands were not allowed.  I was not feeling it this week. 

To make it worse, we had recently vowed (probably after a few glasses of wine and lapse in sanity) to become vegan/vegetarians while at home so I couldn't even pick up a pepperoni pizza or a chicken nugget to make my life easier. If we hadn't have pinky sweared to make it past 1 month in this vegan vegetarian life, I promise you today I would have quit. That DAMN Pinky swear is like a set of handcuffs with no key.  Why must I always lock myself in like that?

At any rate, I had to make dinner. I had to extend my commute with an extra stop to the Grocery store where the lucky moms were piling up on Hamburger Helper and Cheezits. I was a vegan. Thanks to my damn pinky.  I had to come up with a meal and it had to be something more nutritious than the pop-tart that I would have settled for if it were just me at home. 

My patience had died about 45 minute prior and I did not want to be up all night cooking an meal that would qualify me as an Iron chef and I didn't want to spend a lot of money. 

I wanted Quick. Delicious. Straight to the point .

I knew we had some rice a home so I did a quick sprint to the onions... Because onions can make everything better. I Grabbed some garlic and a red pepper because they were on sale that week. I also grabbed a mushroom because ... why not! If I had some beans at home, I planned on throwing those in there too. This was winging it at it's finest if you couldn't tell. 

I was out of there in under 10 minutes and dinner would be done as quick as the rice would boil


  • 1 Cup Rice, drained
  • 1 Sweet Onion, diced,
  • 1 Red Pepper, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz baby portebella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup kidney beans (or whatever beans you have), cooked drained 
  • Drizzle Olive Oil (or other neutral oil)
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • ⅛ Tsp Turmeric
  • ½ Tsp Oregano
  • 1 glass of wine, sip while cooking

When the Mr. goes for seconds, you know it was a hit. Simplicity