South of the border beans and rice

Yield: 12 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Dried pinto beans
½ medium Onion; chopped
2 Bay leaves
8 Cops cold water
Salt
1 teaspoon Canola oil
3 Cloves garlic; chopped
1 small Onion; chopped
1 Jalapeno pepper; seeded and minced
2 mediums Tomatoes; peeled and seeded
2 Cloves garlic
2 cups Long-grain white rice
1 teaspoon Vegetable oil
4 cups Low-sodium broth
1 cup Fresh or frozen peas
1 tablespoon Chopped fresh cilantro

BEANS

RICE

Remove any stones from the beans and rinse them thoroughly. Soak them overnight. Put the beans into a large pot with the onion, bay leaves, and water. Bring the water to a simmer and cook 1+½ to 3 hours until the beans are tender, adding water to the pot as needed. Season to taste with salt and cook until the beans are very soft. Remove the pot from the heat and discard the bay leaves. Strain off any remaining liquid and set aside.

In a medium, non-stick skillet, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Add ½ cup of the cooked beans to the skillet and mash them with a wooden spoon. Gradually stir in some liquid from the bean pot and cook until it is a thick paste. Stir the bean garlic mixture back into the pot and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside.

For the rice, puree in a food processor or blender onion, jalapeno, tomatoes and garlic. In a medium nonstick saucepan warm the oil over moderate heat. Add the rice and stir until it has a light golden color.

Stir in the vegetable puree and cook until the moisture has been absorbed.

Pour in the broth and season it lightly with salt. Stir in the peas and bring the liquid to a simmer. Reduce the heat to very low, and cover. Cook until the rice is tender and the broth is absorbed, about 20 minutes.

Sprinkle cilantro over the top of the rice and serve topped with the beans.

Each of the 12 servings contains 270 calories and 3 grams of fat (10%) Recipe from the American Institute for Cancer Research Notes: "Rice and beans together make a great side dish to any Mexican meal.

Both red beans and pinto beans work well. Add vegetables such as red and green peppers, onions, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, garlic and green peas-whatever your family likes." Recipe by: Quick & Light 1999 Spring Posted to EAT-LF Digest by PatHanneman <kitpath@...> on Apr 30, 1999, converted by MM_Buster v2.0l.

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