Thursday, September 24, 2015

Black Beans And Rice


Beans and rice is a dish enjoyed by people around the world. It's a great vegetarian option. You can make it as spicy or mild as you like. Add some steamed broccoli or other greens to make a delicious, healthy and satisfying meal.



Ingredients
1 Tbsp. Oil (olive or coconut)
1 Onion, chopped
2 Cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/4 Cu. Brown rice
3 Cu. Water
1 1lb Bag of dry black beans

1 Tsp. Cumin
1 Tsp. Cayene


Equipment
Slow cooker (3 quart or more)
Medium pot with lid

Instructions
Cooking the dry beans
Soak the beans overnight
In the morning, drain the beans
Put them in the slow cooker and add enough water to cover beans plus and inch or two
Cover and cook on low for about 8 hours
In a large colander, drain and rinse the beans in cool water

Putting it all together
In a medium pot heat the oil over medium heat
Add the chopped onion and garlic
Saute for about 4 minutes
Add the rice
Saute for another 2 minutes
Add the water
Cover and cook for about 30 minutes or until the rice is done (check at about 20 minutes and add extra water if needed)
Add the beans and spices
Mix thoroughly into rice mixture
Turn off the burner
Cover and allow to heat through for about 5 minutes
Serve immediately or store refrigerated in an air tight container for up to 5 days

Notes
Adjust the heat by increasing or reducing the amount of cayenne. Add your favorite hot sauce when serving to further adjust the heat. To add more flavor use chicken or vegetable broth instead of water. Great as a side dish or main course.

photo credit: Freezer Divas Spicy Sausage, Beans & Rice via photopin (license)

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