This is my favorite emergency meal, made almost entirely of pantry ingredients when a trip to the store has been missed or is out of the question for some reason.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring a medium size pot of water to a boil, add rice. Bring back to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Let rice simmer 15-20 minutes, until tender.

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  • Place beans and rice in a medium size saucepan. Heat over a medium heat, stirring frequently. Stir in reserved bean liquid as needed. Remove pan from heat and stir in lemon juice, garlic powder and cilantro. Let sit a moment, and stir in fresh oregano. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

272 calories; protein 5.8g; carbohydrates 60g; fat 0.5g; sodium 5.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2004
My husband and I eat a version of this meal at least once a week (we started several years ago when I was still in college). Although I don't use cilantro or lemon juice I usually do add some cumin and garlic to the beans. I make a big sticky pot of white rice and stir the beans (and all of the juice) into the rice. Sometimes we'll grill some chicken breasts on the Foreman cut it into strips and mix them in as well. We top with salsa cheese and sour cream. Makes a great burrito filling too! A filling healthy (a few ounces of black beans has 10 times the antioxidents as the same amount of blueberries!) and tasty meal. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
03/17/2008
As is I didn't care for it... very bland and unappealing. I made it again but this time omitted the lemon juice cilantra and garlic-- instead I added 2 packets of Goya Sazon and some black bean salsa which improved it somewhat. Read More
(11)
43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2004
My husband and I eat a version of this meal at least once a week (we started several years ago when I was still in college). Although I don't use cilantro or lemon juice I usually do add some cumin and garlic to the beans. I make a big sticky pot of white rice and stir the beans (and all of the juice) into the rice. Sometimes we'll grill some chicken breasts on the Foreman cut it into strips and mix them in as well. We top with salsa cheese and sour cream. Makes a great burrito filling too! A filling healthy (a few ounces of black beans has 10 times the antioxidents as the same amount of blueberries!) and tasty meal. Read More
(77)
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2003
Sounded too bland for us so I sauted an onion in about 2 tbls. butter until soft then added the black bean juice and enough water to make 2 cups liquid. For my spices I added chili powder cayenne pepper garlic cilantro and cumin. (No lemon juice) Brought all that to a boil added 2 cups rice. Cooked 20 minutes. Once the rice was cooked I added the black beans and cooked spicy link sausage. I think it would also be great with chicken or shrimp. Mine was pretty spicy but everyone asked me to make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2006
Pass around a bottle of good red wine vinegar and a bowl of finely chopped onions to add a little extra spark. Loved the beans without the extras too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/14/2006
I made this with my own little twists. I used fresh cilantro and garlic. I also used lime juice instead of lemon. I also added some cayenne pepper for an extra little zing! I'd say it was pretty good.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/02/2006
This recipe was really good but it needed a lot of tweaking I also sauteed the onions with butter and garlic while cooking the rice. Then I drained the beans and added everything to a pan and had it on top of the stove for a while. While doing that I added a little celery cilantro and parsley. It came out pretty good but I forgot to spice it up so everyone added hot sauce which also worked out b/c everyone likes it at different levels of hotness. Will make again and was pretty good but I think it will be a "nothing else to make" recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
03/17/2008
As is I didn't care for it... very bland and unappealing. I made it again but this time omitted the lemon juice cilantra and garlic-- instead I added 2 packets of Goya Sazon and some black bean salsa which improved it somewhat. Read More
(11)
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Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2003
This truly is an easy recipe although I would go easy on the cilantro next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2009
We enjoyed this dish with just a couple of changes. I cooked the rice in vegetable broth used fresh cilantro instead of dried along with some fresh parsley and also added 1/2 tsp. each of cumin and turmeric. I also had sauteed some chopped onion and garlic in the pan before adding the rice and beans. Served it in whole wheat wraps with sour cream and salsa. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/30/2004
I found this recipe to be quite good after a bit of tweaking. There was no meat thawed for dinner it was a rainy day and I was pressed for time. I prepped my rice in a rice cooker used Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning instead of garlic powder added some diced Vlasic Roasted Red Sweet Peppers fresh lemon juice and a teaspoon of bacon drippings. I went easy on the Cilantro too. I added more water as it was warming up and let it simmer down. Good stuff! I bet it'll taste even better later. Thanks gypsy! Read More
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