It has been week after week of non-stop rain which makes it very difficult to stay on track with a healthy diet. This dreary weather just invites sweatpants, naps and comfort food but I had a little trick up my sleeve tonight to get a good taste of that comfort factor while still keeping to a healthy balanced diet.
My brown rice has so much flavor and its packed full of all the protein and carbs you need for an awesome healthy meal.
The freshness of the cilantro and jalapenos really liven up these beans and rice for a great side dish. I'd serve these rice and beans along side enchiladas or even as a filler for tacos.
Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeno
1 bag Trader Joe's Organic brown rice
2 tablespoons butter
2 jalapeno peppers, diced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 large shallot, diced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, diced
1 lime, juiced
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Take one Trader Joe's Organic Brown Rice pouch and cut a 1/4 inch opening to allow venting. Place rice ouch in microwave with steam side up. Heat on HIGH for about 3 minutes. Allow time for steam to evaporate, tear or cut open pouch and empty the rice out into a bowl.
In a medium saute pan, combine the butter, peppers, black beans, 1/2 the cilantro and the shallot over medium heat until warm (Ingredients are best when they are all fresh cut herbs and veggies). Constantly toss the mixture to make sure everything is combined.
Remove from heat and toss the mixture in with the rice. Lastly, toss in lime juice, salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.
(the sun let up for a brief moment for my picture, yay)