Caribbean-Style Rice and Beans

Caribbean-Style Rice and Beans

Serves 6 to 8

Inspired by a favorite Caribbean staple, this black beans and rice dish has the warm flavors of coconut, allspice and cinnamon. It is traditionally served with chicken, fish or pork. Inspired by Whole Planet Foundation® microcredit client recipes.

  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can light coconut milk, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
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Place 3/4 cup coconut milk, 1 1/4 cups water, 1/4 teaspoon salt and rice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer about 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Meanwhile, in a large high-sided skillet, heat coconut oil over medium-high heat until melted and hot. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook until tender, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in allspice, cinnamon, cayenne and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add beans, remaining coconut milk and 1/2 cup water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until thickened and heated through, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in coconut rice and thyme.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:210 calories (50 from fat), 6g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 260mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 6g protein
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