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Black Beans a la Olla || A Delightful Mistake

This dish was nothing special other than the fact that it was made entirely of leftovers; which I guess is what makes it kinda special. See you can change up your leftovers (I know you already know that) to make something totally different than the meal you had before.

Take this dish for example, because I am, in fact, using it as an example. I had some leftover cajun spiced black beans, some leftover quinoa, and some leftover pasta sauce (BandMan's Bomb Spaghetti Sauce, to be exact), and all that shit needed to get ate up; so I added some veggies and spices: cumin, onion, garlic, collard green stems, cayenne and literally threw it all together.

I simmered my leftover beans in the tomato sauce. I sauteed the onions, green stems, and garlic until they were all tender and yummy smelling, and then I added spices into everything until it tasted good to me.

I was pretty proud of myself when I tasted the final product. Turns out my impromptu, totally-made-up-on-the-spot, dish was none of those things at all. Turns out it's a pretty popular dish known as Frijoles a la Olla, or Beans Stewed in Pico de Gallo. I guess the only thing I was missing was the cilantro.

Either way, experimenting and "winging it" in the kitchen, although dangerous, can be one helluva good time.

Try it.





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