I wasn't a huge fan of beans but the recipe for classic black beans and rice looks like it could be interesting so I decided to try it. (We still had plenty of rice from our Costco stash.) I substituted this is a shallot + some garlic powder for a clove of garlic.
I didn't think my onions were chopped finely enough, but it ended up working out in the end.
After I poured the beans in it looks kinda gross.. but I just crossed my fingers and kept faith.
And the beans are ready to go!
This story ends with a bit of a surprise. Since I wasn't sure if I would like this meal, I had cleared it with Keith that it would be his dinner for the next few days if I didn't care for it. But you know what? I liked it! I don't see this entering into the regular meal rotation, but it is something that I may choose to make on purpose next time, not because I'm trying to clean out my pantry.
When I mixed up the beans and rice, it looked really pretty.