Who loves their Mexican food? I know I do! This Cilantro Rice and Refried Beans is a great side dish or meal. The dish is perfect for a fun night and is an easy one to get creative with. Feel free to toss in some salsa for a bit of heat. You’re going to love this filling fiesta.
The wild rice is fairly high in protein and complex carbohydrates. These are the carbohydrates that will keep you full all day. The black beans in this recipe add protein and fiber to help keep you satiated for hours. If using canned beans, make sure you rinse them well to remove all that extra sodium.
For the rice, start by cooking it according to package instructions. If you want, you could use some broth to add some flavor by cooking the rice in one cup of water and one cup of broth. In a large pan, In a large pan, sauté onions in olive oil, add cooked beans, and garlic salt, cumin and cook together for about 2-5 minutes. Once rice is almost cooked, add garlic and cilantro, stir and let sit with lid on for about 10 minutes. After, you’re going to put 1/2 bean mixture in blender or food processor, blend until smooth. Mix this pureed and solid beans in bowl and top with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve rice and beans with a slice of tomato and avocado for a healthy addition or throw in some salsa! I also like to throw in a bit of guacamole or use plain Greek yogurt to replace sour cream. The yogurt tastes just like sour cream while adding plenty of protein and healthy probiotics to support gut health. How about this for your next fiesta? Let us know in the comments below! xo
- 1 cup of brown or wild rice
- 3 cloves of chopped garlic
- 2 tablespoons of minced cilantro
- optional: 1 cup of low sodium veggie broth
- Salt, pepper to taste
- 2 cups of cooked black beans
- 2 tablespoons of minced onion
- 1 teaspoon of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of curry powder
- 1/8 teaspoon of garlic salt
- Cook rice according to package details, if you want to use the broth for more flavor, use 1 cup of broth and 1 cup of water (per every cup of rice)
- In a large pan, sauté onions in olive oil, add cooked beans, and garlic salt, cumin — cook together for about 2-5 minutes
- Once rice is almost cooked, add garlic and cilantro, stir and let sit with lid on for about 10 minutes
- Put 1/2 bean mixture in blender or food processor, blend until smooth
- Mix pureed and solid beans in bowl – top with salt and pepper to taste
- Serve rice and beans with a slice of tomato and avocado for a healthy addition
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