10-Minute Protein-Packed Rice Bowl

Be Persistent.

Sure, persistence may be the slightly cuter cousin of obnoxiousness, but it can certainly pay off, especially in today’s age of immediate satisfaction.  I completely inherited this from my mother (although my dad calls her “determined” instead of obnoxious because he’s a really loving husband and knows better), but I have the obsessiveness on top of that.  Or perhaps it’s the OCD that drives the persistence.  Eh, chicken, egg.  Omelets.  I’m hungry.   What were we talking about? 

Oh yes, persistence.  So many people today are used to having it their way, having the webpage loaded under a second, having our packages delivered in two days or less, not waiting in line (or on hold) for longer than 5 minutes anymore thanks to the wonderful advances we have made; unfortunately, life doesn’t always go our way.  I’m telling you, when that happens, don’t give up.  Don’t let someone else steamroll you, don’t miss out on opportunities, and definitely, definitely, do not ever think that someone else will come along and take care of it.  Because they will have given up too.

Here is an example of my (obnoxious) persistence:

  • Dear Landlord – I came home to a horrific, rotting odor coming from one of the apartments.  I am not sure if a tenant needs assistance, or if a critter came in and died.  Please check it out?  Thanks!  -Love, Jenni
  • Dear Jenni – We will come by when we can (due to snow), but no one else is complaining about any smells.
  • Dear Landlord – Well, another day has come by, and the smell is definitely worse.  And I think I have narrowed it down to which floor it’s coming from.  Please check it out?  Thanks!  -Love, Jenni
  • Dear Jenni – We have come by and identified the smell, and are working on it.  Thanks.
  • Dear Landlord – Thank you for checking it out!  But, the smell is still definitely here.  Worse, in fact.  A choking hazard, if I may.  Can we work on a removal plan? Thanks!  -Love, Jenni
  • Dear Jenni – We sent someone to take care of the smell, it should be gone soon.
  • Dear Landlord – thank you for sending someone!  I can tell they tried to get rid of the smell; unfortunately, it now smells or rotting fish and lemon deodorizer.  Is there anything we tenants can do to help?  Thanks!  -Love, Jenni
  • [skipping ahead here] Dear Jenni – Thank you for alerting us of this smell, and we are glad to hear that the apartment is finally returning to normal!  Unfortunately, it was due to one of our tenants passing.  

What would have happened if I shrugged my shoulders and thought, someone else has got to smell this.  They will say something.  Awful, isn’t it?

Okay, something on a positive note.  I was just as persistent to move out of Syracuse, start a blog about food, and see giraffes in person, and I have accomplished all of those with the same level of obnoxiousness.  Never give up.

Onto food:  when you’re chipping away at all the things you refuse to let go, it not only eats up your day, but it’s draining.  You don’t want to take time to cook a healthy, satisfying meal, right?  Well, I came up with an insanely high protein-packed, low fat, healthy carb hearty dinner that will be ready in ten minutes.  YUP.  Another super customizable, endless-possibility dish for any night of the week. Enjoy 🙂


Materials:

  • small pot with lid
  • spoon
  • cutting board and knife
  • bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c instant brown rice (I like Uncle Ben’s 10-minute rice)
  • water for boiling
  • 1/4 c beans of choice (I like black beans)
  • 1 link precooked chicken sausage (any kind)
  • 1 T salsa (optional)
  • 2 T cheese (optional)
  • chopped fresh tomato (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cook rice according to package.  NOTE:  I would not recommend adding salt to your rice, since the beans and sausage are high in sodium!
  2. While rice is cooking, heat sausage (in the microwave is fine), and roughly chop into bite-size pieces.FullSizeRender
  3. When rice is finished cooking, scoop into your bowl.  FullSizeRender
  4. Top with beans, sausage, salsa, cheese, and tomato.FullSizeRender
  5. Enjoy!FullSizeRenderFullSizeRender

10-Minute Protein-Packed Rice Bowl

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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Materials:

  • small pot with lid
  • spoon
  • cutting board and knife
  • bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c instant brown rice (I like Uncle Ben’s 10-minute rice)
  • water for boiling
  • 1/4 c beans of choice (I like black beans)
  • 1 link precooked chicken sausage (any kind)
  • 1 T salsa (optional)
  • 2 T cheese (optional)
  • chopped fresh tomato (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cook rice according to package.  NOTE:  I would not recommend adding salt to your rice, since the beans and sausage are high in sodium!
  2. While rice is cooking, heat sausage (in the microwave is fine), and roughly chop into bite-size pieces.
  3. When rice is finished cooking, scoop into your bowl.
  4. Top with beans, sausage, salsa, cheese, and tomato.
  5. Enjoy!

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