Sunday, January 22, 2012

In the Kitchen: Black Beans and Rice Bake

Hello blog friends!!!!

I have yet another recipe for everyone adapted from Cooking Light.  I have had a lot of success with their recipes and I've been using them (along with circulars and coupons!) to get the best nutritional bang for our $$$.  I already had a bag of dried beans so I soaked them over night and cooked them for an hour for this recipe. 

1 package yellow rice mix (I used Zatarans)
1 cup chopped onion
2 cups cubed cooked chicken (We grilled a chicken breast on the George Forman and it made about 1.5 cups)
1 can of black beans, drained
1 can of diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained (I used Rotel)
2 cups Monterey Jack cheese (I didn't have this available so I used Mozzerella)
PAM spray

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Prepare rice to package directions.
Saute onion until tender (original recipe also included 1/2 cup bell pepper and carrot chopped but I omitted them) .  Combine cooked rice, onion, cooked chicken, beans, diced tomatoes and chilies in a lightly greased baking dish.  Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 30  minutes covered.  Uncover and bake for 10 minutes.

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