Rice & Beans with Cheezy Sauce (for dogs & their people)

September 9th, 2009 2:46 pm by Kelly Garbato

I’ve been too busy to so much as think about blogging lately, but I have been cooking up a storm. Here’s a dish I made for the dogs a few weeks back: rice, beans and veggies with a cheezy sauce, adapted from a recipe at the PPK. Yummy for dogs and their peoples! (The Mr. was seriously jealous, I tell you what.)

I’m trying to get more creative with the recipes I make for the dog-kids. It’s fun, low stress, and I know they’ll love whatever I come up with. Fussy, they’re not. Appreciative, you betcha. Anyhow, look for more “dog food” recipes in the future.

FYI: I tend to make the dogs’ dishes with a lot of extra gravy/sauce/dressing/whathaveyou. I mix their homemade food with kibble about 50/50, and a near-soup like consistency in the homemade food helps to counterbalance the dry store-bought stuff, resulting in five very happy dogs. Adjust the sauce serving size accordingly!

Rice & Beans with Cheezy Sauce (for dogs & their people)

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Ingredients

2 16 ounce bags of dried beans OR 12 cups cooked beans OR 6 pounds cooked beans OR 8 16 ounce cans of beans (I used dried red beans)
1 cups uncooked brown rice
4 cups vegetables (I used broccoli); optional

For the cheezy sauce:

6 cups water
2 cups nutritional yeast
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon cumin

(Adapted from Vegan Cheese Sauce at the PPK.)

Directions

1. Sort, rinse and soak the dried beans the night before making this dish. When you’re ready to start cooking, drain and rise the beans. If you’re using canned beans, rinse the beans once you’re ready to begin.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

3. Start by making the cheezy sauce. Put 6 cups of water into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and gradually stir in the nutritional yeast and flour, using a whisk. When the yeast and flour are thoroughly blended with the water, add 1 teaspoon of cumin, give or take, to taste.

Note: I modified the Vegan Cheese Sauce from the PPK for this dish. I omitted the mustard, margarine and garlic salt; the latter two in order to make the dish more healthy for the dog-kids. User LK advises, “Additional spices can and should be added at your discretion. Yummy add-ins are curry powder, turmeric, red pepper, powdered mustard, cumin, etc.” Clearly, I ran with her suggestion of cumin.

4. Remove the sauce from the burner. Pour the sauce into two large glass baking pans, dividing it evenly.

5. Add the beans, again, dividing them evenly between the pans. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 to 1.5 hours. Check in on them periodically and add water as needed. The water should cover the beans.

6. Add the brown rice and cook, covered, for another 1/2 hour. Again, add a little extra water as needed.

Note: Alternately, you can skip this step, cook the rice separately on the stovetop, and add it to the beans and veggies once they’re done. (Should you choose to go this route, continue cooking the beans for an extra 1/2 hour.) I tried it this way in order to save a few dishes, but I overestimated the necessary cook time for rice in the oven, and ended up with slightly mushy rice. The cook times in the directions are adjusted accordingly.

7. If possible, add the vegetables and cook, covered, for another 1/2 hour. If the dish is dry, stir in a little extra water; if it’s too water, cook uncovered until the excess water is gone.

Note: If you don’t have enough room in the baking pans, you can stir in the veggies later, either uncooked or steamed. (Should you choose to go this route, continue cooking the beans and rice for an extra 1/2 hour.) I ran out of room, hence the semi-aesthetic frozen broccoli flower garnishing the beans and rice in the photo.

8. Remove from the oven and serve warm OR let cool to room temp and transfer to a large Tupperware container, combining with any other ingredients that you may have cooked separately.

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