Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Latin American Rice Bowl & My Tip #3 for Meal Planning

Cuban Style Rice & Beans was inspired by Clean Eating Magazine.  Mine has local sausage from Working H Farm.  See how I enhanced it with my Tip #3 for Meal Planning.

Latin American Rice Bowl

(Serves 3)

Crumble and brown sausage in onion.
1-3 ounce Italian sausage link
1/4 cup onion, diced

Drain on paper towels.  Return to pan and add pepper and garlic. 
2 mini sweet peppers, cut in rings
1 clove garlic, diced

Add spices, tomato paste, red wine vinegar and broth.
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Fresh ground pepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
3/4 cup low sodium chicken broth

Stir and bring to a boil.  Add black beans.
1 cup cooked black beans (I use the frozen, cooked without salt kind)
Add brown rice and water.
1/2 cup instant brown rice
1 cup water

Bring to a simmer.
Add juice.
Juice of 1/2 lime

Stir in cherry tomatoes.
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Heat covered for a few minutes.  Mine's served with sauteed squash and mixed fresh fruit bowl.

My #3 Tip for Meal Planning:
 I added a cup of fresh tomatoes to the original recipes, then served the rice bowl with a variety of vegetables and fruit on the side.


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