Rice and Beans

January 7, 2011

I like how wikipedia says that when you mess with someone’s rice and beans you mess with their mind.  I think that way about hummus sometimes.

Anyway, this dish is popular in Latin America, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and probably the United States too.  Simple, yet nutritious, this rice and beans is rich in starch, iron, vitamin B, and protein.

I like that poor people have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  If I wasn’t such a spoiled young American in terms of the variety of food I eat, would I be eating rice and beans or hummus all the time as well?

I made lentils and rice a couple days ago and definitely felt the benefits of nutrients seeping into me.  It’s also accompanied by meat, bread, eggs, or vegetables as well.

A variety of rice and beans dishes are served all over the world, so it’s not exclusive.  However, noting from how important is or was to the Americas, maybe it’s safe to say that not only did this dish get its start in South and Latin America, but maybe if we Americans adopted rice and beans more instead of fast food, we’d not only be healthier, but better people.

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