Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Black Beans and Brown Rice

Since I still have a large pot of  Mexican Style Black Beans to use up, I have been playing around with some more black bean recipes.  I decided to make a very healthy version of red beans and rice by swapping it out for black beans and brown rice. I always have some brown rice in my fridge ready to make a quick fried rice or eat with a stir fry so this meal came together in less than 20 minutes. We ate it with some very simple grilled chicken and it was a fabulous meal full of protein.

2-3 cups of prepared black beans (see recipe  Mexican Style Black Beans) (see note)
4-6 cup of cooked brown rice
1/2 cup of prepared salsa
1 medium onion sliced
2-3 green chilies sliced
2-3 cloves of garlic grated
1 tsp of ground cumin
1/2 tsp of dried oregano
red chili flakes to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1Tbs of canola oil

Note: If you decided to use canned beans you will have to season the rice a little more since the beans I used were well seasoned.  

Heat a skillet with oil and add garlic on high heat. Saute for 20-30 seconds.  Then add onions, chilies, cumin, oregano, red chili flakes and salt. Saute for another minute. 

Add the prepared black beans and salsa.  Saute and cook for 3-4 minutes. Taste for seasoning.
Add rice and mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Taste for seasoning and serve. Enjoy. 

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  1. This looks SO delicious...can't wait to make it! Just today I said I need to cook with brown rice :)

  2. So pretty in the skillet! I heart rice and beans!

  3. Mmmmmm, what a great comfort meal :) Love the sour cream to top it off! Well done, Ramona.

  4. Since I saw your black beans yesterday I am making them today, funny how happens. Already have them going. This looks really good too and I love the brown rice and salsa. Hope you have a wonderful day.

  5. This looks absolutely wonderful, Ramona! I love bean and rice dishes and this sound sooo good!

  6. Ramona this looks SO delicious! I love it!

  7. It looks amazing. I can't believe you just came up with something this flavorful and healthy. I'd eat that whole skillet in one sitting, I think, even without the chicken!

  8. Another flavorful and tempting dish, Ramona! I think my Hubby would love it!

  9. This looks super duper, amazingly wonderful and yummy! Good carbs and protein, gold star for you Ramona!!!!

  10. delicious combination flavours looks wonderful

  11. Oh yummy! I love having something on the weekend that I can use for many different dishes throughout the week. I would love this for a meal but my husband would be begging for another meat part of the dinner.

  12. My mouth is watering. I am always thrilled to have more ideas for leftovers. I could eat that whole dish. Since I am Vegetarian, this is my kind of meal. I make all the meats for my family and hoard the rice and legumes. =) I am printing off the recipe. As always, Fabulous Ramona! Thank you!

  13. I LOVE black beans and you know I love rice. I would eat this entire thing by myself! I'd throw some cheese on top though :) And I love your cast iron pan!

  14. Wow, wow, wow! I am in love with this dish! I make a way suckier (I know, I just made up a new word:) version of this sometimes, but man oh man, does this look 100 times better! I swear I could eat like 2 platefuls of this, no problem! And with some grilled chicken---oh man, I think I might start crying it's so good!

  15. How beautiful is this rice! Must be delicious and comforting too!

  16. I am so behind! But this is absolutely gorgeous!

  17. Beautiful dish Ramona! Its looking so lovely and bursting with flavours. I love such one-pot dish meals. Fast to cook and good to eat. Bookmarked it.

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