Cheesy Black Bean Rice

I think we should all drink a cup of coffee every once in a while to know what it feels like to be SUPER focused.

cheesy black bean rice

At work the other day, I created a coffee concoction. No, it wasn’t healthy. No, it doesn’t follow the clean eating I am trying to do, but yes, it was amazing. And I was 100% focused and 200% awake.

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I normally just drink tea. Like green tea. And maybe black tea if I have an 8am. There is like… a fraction of the caffeine in tea as there is in coffee. Hence. WIDE AWAKE AND READY TO WRITE A WHOLE NOVEL.

It was fortunate that I had had that coffee because we also didn’t receive the food shipment until 9pm. Aka. I was there, by my little self, jamming to country music, until almost 11pm. Thank you, coffee, for saving the day.

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Now. This was one of those “I don’t want to cook but need to eat” meals. I have lots of those.. Being a graduate student essentially sucks the life out of you. All free time is allotted for watching Parenthood (which I have officially finished and am now devastated about), so there isn’t always a lot of time to cook fancy dinners. And there definitely isn’t enough time to take pictures of fancy dinners when you get home at 6:30pm and the light is slowly fading into the darkness of the night.

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Hence. Easy Sunday meals that last for days. And by days, I mean this was the equivalent of about two sides. But, you know. Two days is better than one.

Cheesy Black Bean Rice

1 c black beans
1 c brown rice
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp garlic pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp Mexican fiesta cheese
3 tbsp chopped parsley

1. Combine all.


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