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Easy Black Beans and Rice

Easy Black Beans and RiceWe have been in a food rut lately, especially side dishes. Rice (brown or white), potatoes (baked, fried, mashed) and pasta. YAWN!

While converting the old recipes from the original site to the new format, I came across these Easy Black Beans and Rice.

This can be made as a side dish as well as a great vegetarian main dish because black beans and rice together make a complete protein.


And if you make extra rice one night like I always do, this cooks up in about 15 minutes. Even if you have to cook the rice in another 5 minutes you could have these instead.

This recipe also has a number of variations:

  • Mexican – add some frozen or canned corn and jalapenos along with oregano and chili powder.
  • Cajun – swap some chopped bell peppers for the celery and add a little Cajun spice.
  • Italian – add diced tomatoes, basil, oregano and parsley.

You get the idea.

All it takes to mix this is up is gather the ingredients:Black Beans and Rice ingredients

Chop up the onions, celery and garlic and quickly sauté:

Saute onions and celery

Add the cooked rice and beans:

rice and black beans in pot

Then spice it up and serve.

Easy Black Beans and Rice

Tonight we are having the original version with some grilled pork chops.

Black Beans and Rice

Serves 4
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes
Total time 10 minutes
Dietary Vegetarian
Meal type Beans, Meatless Main Dishes, Rice and Grains, Side Dish
Simple savory dish made with leftover rice and black beans for a complete protein. Serve as a side dish or make it a meatless meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup celery (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup black beans (or one 15 ounce can, drained)
  • 1 1/2 cup white rice (cooked)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Note

Variations:

  • Mexican – add some frozen or canned corn and jalapenos along with oregano and chili powder.
  • Cajun – swap some chopped bell peppers for the celery and add a little Cajun spice.
  • Italian – add diced tomatoes, basil, oregano and parsley.

Directions

Heat 2 quart sauce pan to medium hot. Add oil and heat until it sizzles. Add onion, celery and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent.
Saute onions and celery
Turn heat to low. Stir in rice and beans. Add salt and pepper to taste.
rice and black beans in pot

Until next time, happy eating.
~Audrey

 

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1 comment

  1. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    I love how versatile rice & beans are – not to mention how frugal & delicious. Thanks for the recipe!
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