Orange Cumin Black Beans and Rice
This nutritious, flavorful, and kid-friendly meal, suggested by fan Jennifer Gross. And the best part? It is ready in 25 minutes!
- 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 shallot finely diced, or use 1/2 small yellow onion
- 2 stalks celery thinly sliced
- 1 - 1 1/2 cup white or quick-cooking brown rice
- 28 - 30 oz. reduced-sodium canned black beans drained and rinsed, or use any variety, or use 1 1/2 cups home-cooked beans for every 15 oz. can
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar optional
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth or use any variety
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
- Add the shallots and celery and sauté them for 5 – 7 minutes until they are tender.
- Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, prepare the rice according to the package directions.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet, and bring it to a boil.
- Simmer it for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed.
- Serve the beans over the cooked rice. (If you want to make them in advance, you can refrigerate the cooked beans for up to 2 days before serving them, or freeze them for up to 3 months. Prepare the rice when you are ready to serve the meal, or freeze the rice separately.)
Slow Cooker Directions
- Omit the oil. Combine all ingredients except the rice in the slow cooker and cook on low for 3 - 4 hours, or on high for 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Add the rice and 1 cup of water and cook on HIGH for 30-45 minutes more, until the rice is tender. (Slow cooker cooking times may vary—Get to know your slow cooker and, if necessary, adjust cooking times accordingly.)
Do Ahead or Delegate: Dice the shallot, slice the celery, cook the rice, prepare and refrigerate or freeze the bean mixture. Scramble Flavor Booster: Double the chili powder or use chipotle chili powder and sprinkle the beans with hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco, to taste. Tip: If you prefer this dish a little less sweet, omit or reduce the amount of brown sugar. Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 440, Total Fat: 10g, 15%; Saturated Fat: 2g, 8%; Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%; Sodium: 630mg, 26%; Total Carbohydrate: 74g, 25%; Dietary Fiber: 12g, 48%; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 15g
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