What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Clean Eating: Black Beans ‘n Rice Soup! At first glance, this appears to be a meatless meal. It can be with one minor change. Just don’t add meat. And yet, if you appreciate a dish you can sink your teeth into, I invite you to read on. This flavorsome recipe gets down to earth as a stick-to-the-ribs dinner. We all know brown rice is a good source of fiber as well as an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Black beans support good heart health and could help lower cholesterol. Pork provides protein. Last time I checked, 1+1+1=3. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
BLACK BEANS ‘N RICE SOUP
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red chili garlic sauce
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano
10.5-ounce can beef consommé
1/2 cup instant brown rice
15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup seasoned pork, precooked and shredded
1/2 cup water, if needed
2 tablespoons red pepper, diced
Cilantro, for garnish
Warm olive oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions and minced garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes until onions are soft and clear. Add red chili garlic sauce, cumin, and oregano. Cook 2 minutes longer. Add beef consommé and brown rice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cover. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add black beans and seasoned pork. Stir to combine. Add water, if needed to ensure everything is covered. Replace lid and simmer for 10 minutes longer. Ladle into bowls. Garnish with diced red peppers and cilantro. Serve immediately.