Black Beans with Canadian Bacon over Rice

Serves 4

Garlic and jalapeño impart a lively zip while lean, tender Canadian bacon provides a meaty flavor to this spirited variation on black beans and rice. Perfect for slow cooking on the stove or in a crock pot. It's a hearty, protein-packed meal that makes delicious leftovers.

Ingredients: 
  • Beans
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 small red pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 ounces Canadian bacon, diced
  • 1 cup water
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Rice
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
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Method: 

For the beans, soak overnight in water to cover. The next morning, discard soaking liquid and rinse beans.

For crock pot preparation: Place beans and 2 cups chicken broth along with bay leaves in a crock pot set on high for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Sauté green and red pepper, garlic, and jalapeño in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add sautéed vegetables to beans along with cumin, Canadian bacon and 1 cup of water. Continue to cook in crock pot on high heat, stirring occasionally for another 4 to 6 hours, adding extra water or stock, if needed. Season with salt prior to serving. Serve over rice (recipe below).

For stove top preparation: Place beans and 2 cups broth with bay in a soup pot. Simmer beans, covered, for 1 hour, stirring often. Sauté green and red pepper, garlic, and jalapeño in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add sautéed vegetables to beans along with cumin, Canadian bacon and 1 cup of water. Continue to cook for another hour or until beans are completely tender, adding extra water or broth as necessary. Season with salt prior to serving. Serve over rice (recipe below).

For the rice, sauté onion in butter, stirring often for 2 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat for another minute. Add water and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until all water is absorbed.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:260 calories (100 from fat), 11g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 15mg cholesterol, 1070mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 9g protein
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