Monday, April 13, 2009

$20 or less: Black Beans & Rice

2 cans low sodium - black beans  $1.20  each
(No endorsement here but I liked the Goya & Bush's brand) or 
1  16oz package dry black beans  $2.00
1  tablespoon oil  $5.oo (light flavor virgin olive oil)
1  onion chopped $0.50
1  tomato chopped $0.50
2  strips bell peppers (chopped)  $0.50
1  teaspoon dry thyme or 1 sprig of thyme $2.00
1  bundle green onion $0.50 each
2  cloves of garlic $0.50 per bulb
2  cups uncooked rice  $5.00
Avocado or ripe plantain (optional) $2.00
a couple slices of jalapeno or habanero peppers (if desired) $.50
salt & black pepper to taste

TOTAL: $19.00 APX

Saute everything except rice & beans.
Empty can of beans into saute pan & combine.
(I like to empty the cans into a colander & rinse off some of the salt...if you do this you'll
need to add 1/4-3/4 cup of water to the pan.) - cook 10-15 minutes.
In a separate pan cook rice as directed on package
Plate beans and rice & garnish with sliced avocado or plantain.

Serves 6                

***If using dry beans follow package instructions & combine everything except rice, tomato, garlic & onions.  Cook until tender.  Saute everything else, except rice.  Pour saute over beans and combine.***

Until next time, when we can chit-chat again!

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