Black Beans & Brown Rice

Black Beans and Brown Rice Recipe
Easiness: **
Greenness: vegetarian (can be made vegan by omitting cheese)

2 cups uncooked rice
1 can black beans
1/2 an onion
1 tbsp oil, canola or olive
1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
your choice of salsa
1/2 cup cheddar cheese (more if you like things cheesy, I am lactose intolerant so I keep it to a minimum)
green onions, chopped, to taste
fresh cilantro, chopped, to taste

Cook the rice, according to package directions.
While the rice is cooking, sautee garlic and onions in oil until they smell fragrant and are starting to brown. Open the can of beans into a colander and rinse well. (This reduces the extra sodium that canning adds.) Dump beans into sautee pan with onion and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes or until beans start to split.

When rice is finished, stir in beans, onion and garlic. Add cheese, cilantro, green onions, and add salt and pepper to taste. Mix everything well and then serve, topping with salsa.

Recipe from LJ User Rasputin Fish


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