Several asked me whether I substitute beans for rice or potatoes in our meals. I don’t worry so much about having a vegetable, a starch and a meat. We just have whatever we want, whatever seems to go together and it all balances out in the end . . I hope! 🙂
For some reason, corn always goes with mashed potatoes because I love to mix the corn in the mashed potatoes so when we have mashed potatoes, we have whole kernel corn. Two starches. I’ve had corn and mashed potatoes together forever. Once upon a time, I thought that maybe that wasn’t a balanced meal but then I realized as long as there’s lots of gravy, who cares?
Last night we had Butter Chicken, black beans, baked sweet potatoes, rice and a salad. Technically, beans, potatoes and rice are all starches. Black beans are really good for you! I needed them for a recipe I was fixing today (Corn & Black Bean Salad) so I figured I’d fix them for dinner last night and the leftovers went into the salad we had at lunch.
Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber, beta carotene and several vitamins. I’m always happy to add them to the menu (and they’re easy to fix and don’t make a mess!) Chad had bought a jar of Butter Chicken Sauce and while I don’t normally use storebought pre-made items, he wanted me to fix it so I did and it was really good and we’ll probably have it again. It needed to be served over rice so . . that’s how we ended up with so many starches last night.
Normally I wouldn’t fix so many starches. I wouldn’t dream of serving mashed potatoes, pasta and rice all on the same night but I didn’t have a problem with black beans, baked sweet potatoes and rice. Tonight we’re having saffron rice, green beans and green salad so you know I don’t always cook just starches.
Remember I’ve told you there are no quilt police allowed at my house? No food police are allowed here either! For the most part, our meals are pretty balanced but if somethings they just aren’t . . I don’t even think twice about it.