Quick and Easy Spicy Black Beans and Rice

I am so happy to work with not only a great friend but and even better dietitian. When I say she knows her stuff she knows her stuff! After having numerous conversations on how to keep people healthy and fit especially during this pandemic I asked if she would be willing to share some of her healthy and easy recipes that can be put together in your own kitchen. 

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By Molly Linek, MPH, RD

Ingredients

For the Rice:

● 1 cup ​white rice

● 2 cups water

● 1/2 teaspoon​ salt

● juice of one lime, or 3 tablespoons concetrate

● 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro roughly chopped, or dried cilantro 1 teaspoon

For the Beans:

● 1 tablespoon ​extra-virgin olive oil

● 1 small onion finely diced

● 28 oz. ​can black beans​ drained and rinsed

● 1 teaspoon ​cumin

● 1/2 teaspoon​ salt

● 1 cup water

● juice of one lime, or from concentrate

● 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro roughly chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried cilantro

Instructions

1. To make the rice,​ bring water to a boil, add rice ​(1 cup)​ and salt ​(1/2 teaspoon)​, stir, and simmer until cooked ​(about 15-20 minutes).​ When done, fluff with a fork, stir in the cilantro and lime juice, and adjust seasonings if necessary.

2. While the rice is cooking, make the beans.​ Sauté the diced onion in the olive oil (1 tablespoon)​ over medium-high heat in a medium pot until softened and beginning to brown ​(about 2-3 minutes)​.

3. Add drained and rinsed black beans, cumin (​ 1 teaspoon)​, salt (​ 1/2 teaspoon)​, and water ​(1 cup)​. Stir, bring to a boil, and simmer ​uncovered​ for about 10 minutes.

4. Turn off the heat. Use a potato masher to mash the beans a few times, thickening the mixture, but leaving most of the beans intact. If you don’t have a potato masher, you can use a fork on the side of the pot.

5. Stir in the lime juice and fresh chopped cilantro ​(2 tablespoons)​ and season with more salt if necessary.

6. Serve the beans on top of the rice and ENJOY!

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