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Course: Sides & Salads
Keyword: Healthy, Sides, Tex-Mex, Vegetarian, Weeknight Dinner

Black Beans/Brown Rice

Black beans and brown rice plated with sliced avocado.
ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
I try to eat vegetarian at least three or four days a week, and this is a midweek staple. The key is going with brown rice over white, a move that ups the flavor, texture, and nutrition.
If you want to jazz this dish up, top with a little of the crema from my BCLT Tacos. Or, grab a big flour tortilla and roll this into a burrito.
This recipe first appeared in EveryDayCook.
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  • 1 1/2 cups medium-grain brown rice
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 4 large garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can "no salt added" black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and diced
  • Chopped cilantro, to serve

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  • Electric kettle
Black beans and brown rice plated with sliced avocado.
ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Procedure

  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • Spread the rice into an 8-inch square glass baking dish. Stir in a tablespoon of the oil and a teaspoon of the salt.
  • Bring the water to a boil in an electric kettle and pour over the rice. Cover tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, place a 12-inch saute pan over medium heat. When the pan is hot, add the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil to cover the bottom of the pan and add the garlic and red pepper flake. Cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic is golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion and remaining salt, and cook, stirring often, until the onion starts to color, 1 to 2 minutes. Then, add the black beans, oregano, and black pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Remove the cover from the rice, fluff with a fork, and allow to "steam out" for 2 minutes. Serve the beans over the rice, and garnish with avocado and cilantro.
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