Black Beans and Rice - Slender Kitchen

Black Beans and Rice

Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™
(5 PointsPlus®)

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Someone should warn you when you are searching for apartments that it is dangerous to live next door to an amazingly delicious Caribbean restaurant and across from a bakery that makes salted chocolate chip cookies I would be happy eating forever. In theory, these things start as a selling point, until all you want to do is order Jerk Chicken Enchiladas, fried plantains, black beans and rice, and Guava Caramel Flan every night and watch reruns of Felicity. And then beg your loving boyfriend to run out and buy a big, honking chocolate chip cookie to top things off.

So when those days come, I usually like to challenge myself to try and make things at home like this simple recipe for Black Beans and Rice. It makes a great side dish or full meal, and although not quite the ridiculous meal I described above, a much better choice in the end and one that I can feel food about. Meals like the one described above are best saved for out of town visitors and special occasions.

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Black Beans and Rice

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  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 U green bell pepper, chopped (or poblano)
  • 3/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 U cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup brown rice
  • 14 oz can black beans (don’t drain)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (or chicken)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 U bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 14 oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

Serving Size: 
3/4 cup (239g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196
Calories from Fat 19
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g
Saturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 745mg
Total Carbohydrate 40g
Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 2g
Protein 6g


  1. In a medium pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the pepper, onion, and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the rice, broth, cumin, bay leaf, oregano, salt, pepper, and vinegar.
  4. Cover and cook according to the directions for the rice. This can vary depending on the rice you use. Fluff the rice.
  5. Mix in the black beans and tomatoes if you are using them. Continue to cook for 4-5 minutes until everything is heated through.
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