Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice

Cuban-Style Black Beans and Rice

Serves 4 to 6

Cuban-style black beans can serve as a protein-packed meal or as a delicious side dish. Dry roasting the brown rice enhances its nutty, sweet flavor.

Ingredients: 
  • 2 cups uncooked brown rice
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, with their liquid
  • 3 cups cooked and drained black beans
  • Pepper to taste
  • Chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges (optional)
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Method: 

Place rice in a strainer and rinse under cool water until water runs clear. Transfer to a medium pot. Cook rice over medium-low heat, stirring gently, until fragrant and toasted, 3 to 5 minutes. Add water and salt, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until water is absorbed, about 1 hour. Uncover pot, fluff rice and set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until just soft, 1 to 2 minutes. Add peppers, garlic and chili powder and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes with their liquid and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in beans, then simmer until flavors are melded, about 5 minutes more; season with salt and pepper.

Spoon beans over rice, garnish with cilantro and lime wedges and serve.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:Serving size: one serving based on a total of 6 servings, 360 calories (40 from fat), 4.5g total fat, 0.5g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 830mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (9g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 11g protein
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