Deadline Dinners — Black beans and Rice with Lola Karns

Today’s deadline dish is brought to you by the awesome Lola Karns! And I gotta say, it looks delish! If I could get my hubs to eat beans, I’d be all over this… Yum! Let’s get to the recipe, but first let’s find out a little more about Lola!


Having worked as a bartender, shipping clerk, concierge, document translator, European history doctoral candidate, and more as she moved through Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Georgia, and Virginia, Lola decided she needed a more portable career. Writing fit the bill.

Lola currently resides in Minnesota with her husband, two children, two hairless cats and a fluffy ex-stray cat. When not writing, she enjoys baking, reading and drinking coffee.


My family and I love this meal that can be on the table in a half an hour. This is my go-to “pantry meal.” I often double the recipe so the kids can take plan-aheads in their lunches.



  • Ingredients:
  • 1 package yellow rice (I use 8+ ounces – depends what is on sale)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed
  • 1 14 oz can (or larger) diced or petite diced tomatos
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Olive oil or cooking oil


  • Instructions:
  • 1. Prepare rice according to package
  • 2. Sautee onions & garlic in oil in a medium skillet until onions are soft
  • 3. Add black beans, and can of tomatoes with liquid, frozen corn and cumin. I usually add a quarter cup of water, too. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • 4. To serve, make a well in the yellow rice and spoon the black beans over the top.
  • 5. Enjoy! There are plenty of ways to customize this meal. My son likes to add diced avocado, my daughter insists on cheese, my husband breaks out the hot sauce and I add all three.


Recipes are a way of life for Gwen Jones. Take one single mother, her infant daughter and a business plan for a small town bakery. Combine with an eventful cross-country flight, chance encounter with her college crush and a dash of motion sickness. Stir in a few nuts, or family members, and large quantities of chocolate. Will this recipe be an oven oops, or as delicious as her alma matter’s newest coach?

Having survived an attack in Afghanistan that cost him a leg and a wife, Kyle Collins developed a strategy to find meaning in life. He may be an assistant basketball coach but he refuses to sit on the sidelines. When the runs into the woman whose lips are as unforgettable as her brownies, Kyle decides to spice up Gwen’s recipes.

When a secret ingredient is thrown into the mix, can their recipe for a happily-ever-after rise to the occasion, or will it end up a hot mess?


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  1. Eileen says:

    love the cover of the book. Thanks for the recipe. Definitely going to try it. I love meatless meals.

  2. Lola Karns says:

    Thanks for hosting me, Heather. I had to convince my husband to try this one. I think he only did because he was shocked I cooked. Maybe your husband will come around.

  3. deborahcordesauthor says:

    Yum… I look forward to making this recipe, because I love beans and rice and cumin. I also can’t wait to read Bad Traveler. Best of luck with this, Lola!

  4. joannalloydauthor says:

    Like the sound of that recipe…I always maintain a meal should not take longer to prepare than it does to eat! This one fits that premise. Good luck with your lovely new book, Lola.

  5. Rowena May OSullivan (@RowenaMayo) says:

    I have a recipe that is similar. Canned Tomatoes, onions, canned chickpeas and frozen green beans, seasoned with curry powder, cuban and a little salt & pepper. Delicious.

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