Coconut Lime Rice with Black Beans
Coconut lime rice is a healthy, but inexpensive way to get your starch & protein. Plus, this recipe complements virtually any vegetable or tofu dish, especially if it's spicy.
The coconut milk helps to balance the spice in dishes alongside it, while also giving the dish a tropical flair.
Just because we can't be on vacay, doesn't mean our taste buds can't!
Fun Fact: Coconut milk is made from the white flesh of coconuts mixed with water. Although coconut milk has significant levels of fat, it is also highly nutritious and rich in fiber.
The Coconut Lime Rice with Black Beans
First, cook the jasmine rice according to the package. The instructions should be similar to this: bring 2 cups of rice and 4 cups of water to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until water is absorbed. Just don't overcook the rice, because it'll be reheated with the coconut milk later.
While the rice is cooking, in a large frying pan, heat the butter and garlic over low-medium heat. Cook for about a minutes or until you can begin to smell the garlic.
Next, stir in the black beans, followed by the cooked rice, then the coconut milk. Cook for about 5 minutes on medium-high heat or until the coconut milk begins to thicken.
Side Note: You can use low-fat coconut milk for a lighter taste and of course fewer calories, but this will make the sauce less thick. This is because most of the thickening agents come from the fat in coconut milk.
Finally, remove the rice from the heat, then add the lime juice.