Saturday, May 02, 2009

Cuban Black Beans + Rice

To say it's been a long time since my last post is clearly a gross understatement.

However, instead of trying to catch you up on all of my shenanigans (several cooking classes, a fantastic concert, mild food poisoning, and a brutal non-Swine-Flu-related-cold), I've decided to just stick to the recipe for this post. You see, I have a date with Flight of the Conchords in Milwaukee today, and I don't wanna miss it!

So, here's a tasty, no-frills recipe that I lifted (and veganized) from "Real Simple" magazine... and a clip of the hilarious FOTC, of course. Just make sure to watch this before you eat, otherwise you might blow beans out of your nose.

I'll be back with a more substantial post asap. I promise.

Recipe: Cuban Black Beans + Rice
(adapted from "Real Simple" magazine, March 2009 issue)

1 c. long-grain brown or white rice + water for cooking
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/4-in. pieces
2 cloves garlic, chopped
Kosher salt + freshly-ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 15.5-oz. cans black beans, rinsed
1 tsp. oregano
1 c. water
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
4 radishes, chopped
1/4 c. fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

1.) Cook rice according to the package directions.
2.) Meanwhile, heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, 1 tsp. salt, & 1⁄4 tsp. black pepper & cook, stirring occasionally, until softened (approx. 5 - 7 mins.) Add cumin, cooking for 1 min.
3.) Next, add beans, oregano, & 1 c. water. Simmer, covered, for 10 min.
4.) Add vinegar to pot, & smash some of the beans with a fork to thicken.
5.) Serve beans over rice, topping with radishes & cilantro.

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  1. I used to make cuban black beans and rice all the time. So simple and flavorful. Thanks for reminding me of them!

    Also, the videos are kind of amazing.

    Have I nice time in Wisconsin! It really is the best state in America (ha.)

  2. You're back and with another fabulous recipe! At least you had fun while you were away (ok, well, not the flu part).

    Have fun!

  3. Glad you're feeling better! Those beans and rice look yummy!

  4. This looks so fresh and delicious for spring! Wonderful colors!

  5. Do we have teh SAME kind of humor or what!
    that is my old time fav eppie of fotc!

    I've tried to catch them a few times but SOLD OUT seems to be the ONLY word I see!

    But yay you got to see them and bret is mine!thankuverymuch. hehehe

  6. Ahem.

    It takes an even more awesome person to recognize an awesome person.



  7. they are so funny.

    sorry to hear about food poisoning and sickness. blog vacations are supposed to be filled only with fun.

  8. I made this last night and they were wonderful! So simple and full of flavor. Thank you for posting this!


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