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Jamaican Beans and Rice

Jamaican Beans and RiceSassy Jamaican-style beans and rice makes for a quick and easy weekday or weekend meal.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped red or green pepper
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 jalapeño chile, veins and seeds discarded, minced
1 1/4 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (14.5-ounce) can fat-free reduced-sodium vegetable broth
2 (15-ounce) cans red or black beans, rinsed, drained (3 cups cooked)
2 cups cubed peeled sweet potatoes (1/2-inch cubes)
3 tablespoons lime juice

Cooking Directions:

  1. Sauté onion, pepper, garlic, jalapeño, thyme, and allspice in oil in medium saucepan 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add vegetable broth, beans and sweet potatoes to saucepan; heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until sweet potatoes are tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in lime juice. Serve over rice.

Makes 4 servings (about 1 cup each).

Tips: Frozen onion and green pepper, and prepared garlic can be used. Recipe can be prepared 1 to 2 days in advance; refrigerate, covered.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories 392; Fat 4g; % Calories from Fat 8; Carbohydrate 74g; Folate 210mcg; Sodium 547mg; Protein 18g; Dietary Fiber 7g; Cholesterol 0mg.

Recipe provided courtesy of The Bean Education & Awareness Network.