Guest Blogger: Ready for Plan B

11 Jan

Peter is the blogger behind Ready for Plan B. Five years ago a health scare forced him to recognize that his current plan for his health was not working. Overweight, out of shape, and like many other Americans on a path leading towards heart disease and worse, he decided to shake things up. It was time for a Plan B. He started gradually by giving up fast food and fried foods and building a yoga practice. Along the way he read authors like Michael Pollan and Caldwell Esselstyn and watched films like Food, Inc., Forks over Knives and Earthlings. His yoga practice lead to him rediscover his passion for cycling, and his education lead him to become a vegan. Today he is healthy and strong and working on training for a 300 km ride and preparing to race in The Texas Chainring Massacre, a 90 mile race along gravel roads. He and his wife are passionate about the environment and animals and are advocates for a vegan lifestyle. Please welcome Peter!

Jen made a great dish from Lorna Sass’ Short-Cut Vegan cookbook. Red-hot black beans and rice. We modified it a little bit. Enjoy the recipe!

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 T’s of tomato paste
  • 1 T of vegetable base (Better than Bullion)
  • 1 T of olive oil
  • 1 t of minced garlic
  • 1 t of cumin powder
  • 1/2 t (or more!) of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1/2 cup of coarsely chopped pimento-stuffed green olives (optional)
  • 1 (15 oz.) can of black beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup of thinly sliced scallion greens
Combine all ingredients through red pepper flakes in a large sauce pan and bring to boil. Stir in rice and olives and return to boil. Simmer covered for about 15 minutes. Add beans. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit until rice is tender and beans are hot. Stir in scallions and serve.

Full of fantastic flavor and spice. This dish made the house smell so good. This one is in the rotation!

Jen's Awesome Lorna Sass Beans and Rice

Follow Peter on Twitter here: @readyforplanb


2 Responses to “Guest Blogger: Ready for Plan B”

  1. teachmevegan January 11, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    I’ve thrown this dish together a thousand times, but somehow I never thought to add tomato paste or olives. What a great idea! Totally going to try that out.


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