{Black Beans and Rice}

This is a great dish! I could eat this on a daily basis and be fine with it. Everything goes into one pot too, so it’s simple. This is another recipe adapted from weight watchers, so it is a nice and healthy, but hearty dish! You can really serve it over any rice you like, I thought it went really well with jasmine rice and that seems to be the rice we have on hand the most. Enjoy!

4 teaspoons olive oil
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
5-6 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 (15oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5oz) can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
4 cups jasmine rice, cooked

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the bell pepper, onion and saute, stirring often, for about 15 minutes, until all the vegetables are soft and tender, add in the garlic last and cook for about a minutes. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, chicken broth, thyme, bay leaf, oregano and water; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the vegetables are tender, about 45 minutes to an hour. If the mixture becomes too thick, add a tablespoon or two of hot water to thin to desired consistency.

Stir in the fresh cilantro and season with salt and pepper; discard the bay leaf. Serve over the hot rice.

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