Sunday, October 12, 2014

Taste of the Islands: Caribbean-Style Rice & Beans

I made this together with Jamaican Jerk Pork - Recipe:   Click Here!


2/3 cup water
2/3 cup uncooked instant rice

1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Cooking spray
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup coarsely chopped tomato
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese (optional)

Found these in the frozen foods section...cut prep time and
added lots of color to the dish!

Prep:  Cut up all veggies
Prep All done:  Veggies/Garlic, Tomatoes, Spices

Rice Preparation:  

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, and stir in instant rice. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed; set aside.

 Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic.

Sauté 5 minutes or until tender.

Add chopped tomato, salt, crushed red pepper, and cumin, and sauté 2 minutes. Stir in cooked rice, cilantro, and black beans, and cook for 1 minute or until thoroughly heated.

Divide the bean mixture evenly among 4 plates, and sprinkle with cheese, if desired.
If you want a fancier presentation, pack the rice in a small measuring cup
or other container, before turning out on the plate. 

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