*Time spent shopping not included. Sorry. Get the girlfriend to do it if you really hate shopping that much. =)
**Price of spices not included. Dudes should have basic spices on hand. Seriously.
Step 1: Shop for the stuff
1) $2 Birds Eye frozen rice to be exact. It is microwaved and the bag puffs up like a bag of popcorn, without all the popping. This stuff is sweet. I used southwest style because it has corn and carrots and such.
2) $.89 Black beans are just plain ol' black beans. You can get a regular sized can (umm 12oz?) and that works well, or you can get a bigger can (24 oz?) and make some black bean soup to go with it, but I digress... =)
3) $5.99 Shrimp is just shrimp, frozen cooked. Tail on or off is fine. I bought the tail on kind by accident, which meant I had to take an extra minute or two to squeeze all the tails off. But, since I'm a pro, I still finished with time to spare.
I got all the stuff at Wal-Mart. I know, I suck.
Step 2: Cook the rice.
This needs to be started first because it takes the longest, and you can be doing stuff in the meantime.