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Caribbean-Style Rice and Beans

Serves 6 to 8
Time 45 min
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.
Ingredients
  • 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 chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (15.0-ounce) can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
Method

Place of the 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 until liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

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.

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  • 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 chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (15.0-ounce) can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves