Black Beans and Rice

How was your weekend? I spent a good chunk of mine walking around Central Park and my neighborhood. After a big storm late last week, the leaves seemed to turn color all at once. The trees were so vibrant, and the weather was perfect. I took a ton of pictures!

I also cooked lots of good food, including one of my favorite easy meals, Black Beans and Rice. The first time I had real Black Beans and Rice was shortly after I graduated from college. I was living in Florida, and my office had a holiday potluck. One of my co-workers (an older Cuban lady) brought a huge pot of black beans, which she had cooked from scratch, starting with dried beans. They were so good.

This is my easy version of Black Beans and Rice. It’s super quick to make (no dried beans) and very flavorful – the perfect weeknight meal!

Black Beans and RiceBlack Beans and Rice

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup white or brown rice
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • 2 15-oz. cans black beans, lightly drained but not rinsed
  • salt, to taste

Cook rice according to package directions. I prefer to use broth instead of water when cooking rice – it adds a little extra flavor – but water works fine, too.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and green pepper; saute until softened and lightly browned around the edges.

Saute peppers and onions.Add garlic, cumin, oregano, and red pepper flakes to skillet. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly, untilĀ  garlic and spices are fragrant.

Add spices to peppers and onions.Add black beans to skillet. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5-10 minutes or until liquid from the beans is reduced and forms a sauce. Add a little water if the beans get too dry.

Simmer black beans.Serve over rice and enjoy!

Black Beans and RiceWhat is your favorite weeknight meal?

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