Sunday, August 18, 2013

Spanish-Inspired Rice

I am always hungry. Even when I'm not actually hungry. DANG MY LOVE FOR FOOD!

While I'm at work, I tend to get the munchies, especially when the day is going by ssssslllllooooowwwwwllllyyyyy, so I made a nice, filling rice dish that will be full of healthy fats, protein, and carbs.  To keep yourself full and to properly obtain all the important nourishment your body needs, you need a combination of all of these meal components.  Paired with grilled chicken breast, this rice dish provides a delicious and satisfying meal that will keep you full, even when the time for you to eat your next meal, aka dinner after work, seems to take forever.


  • 1/4 cup dry brown rice
  • 1/3 cup black beans - I used the kind you cook, but you can use precooked in a can beans, too
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. cumin, or to taste
  • 2 tbsps. chicken soup base
  • 1 tsp. garlic pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • pepper to taste
  • Bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • Extra virgin olive oil, or olive oil of your choosing

Cook the rice and black beans according to instructions.  Dab some olive oil on a napkin; on a skillet, rub the olive oil to lightly grease the pan.  Heat the pan on medium heat.  Once the pan reaches its full temperature, add the black beans, onion, green pepper, cilantro, and garlic.  Meanwhile, combine the water with the chicken soup base (chicken stock or bouillon can be substituted).  Continue sauteing the vegetables and beans until the onion and green pepper become slightly soft.  Once the vegetables are soft, add in the rice, chicken soup base, cumin, pepper, and garlic pepper and mix.  Lower heat just a little, and heat until all of the liquid is absorbed.  Cook for one minute after the liquid is absorbed, constantly mixing everything together.  Serve with grilled chicken. You can also make your own "burrito bowl" with this rice by adding salsa, tomatoes, corn, cheese, etc. if you so wish!

Recipe inspired by: The Humbled Homemaker

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