Peanut Noodles: In a bowl, mix 2 tsp peanut butter, 1/4 tsp lime juice, 1 generous tsp soy sauce, 1/2 tsp chopped fresh green onion, and optionally 1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil. Add 1 cup of drained, salted, cooled boiled spaghetti and stir to combine. Optionally, add grated or julienned vegetables: carrot, bell pepper, blanched snow peas, cooked shelled edamame.
Rice: pour 1.5 c. water into a pot. Dump 3/4 c. rice into it and soak for 20 minutes. Drain, put back into the pot and add 1.5 c. water. Cover the pot, set it on a cold burner and turn to medium-high heat or about 7 on an electric burner. Start the timer immediately. Cook for 20 minutes, picking up and swirling the pot every 4 minutes to avoid burnt rice. Take it off the heat, still covered, and let it cool for 10 minutes.
Black beans: Warm up an empty pot on medium-high heat for a minute, then pour a 16-oz can of black beans with only a tenth of the liquid drained in there. Add 5 shakes garlic powder, 4 shakes onion powder, a pinch of pepper. Stir it and let it heat for about 5 minutes. Add 6 shakes of Tony's seasoning. Stir and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Drain what liquid remains.