Thursday, September 13, 2012

Black Beans & Rice with Green Apple Salsa

This is a great easy weeknight meal with a little something extra. It's the traditional beans and rice, but taken up a notch with some citrusy tart apple salsa.

Black Beans & Rice with Green Apple Salsa
serves 4, adapted from our best bites

Green Apple Salsa
2 granny smith apples, diced
1/3 red onion, diced
Juice of one line
1/4 C cilantro, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Black Beans and Rice
4 cups cooked rice
1 green pepper, diced
2/3 red onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, mined
1 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp cumin
1 and 2/3 C vegetable broth
2 (15-oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

Cook rice according to package directions.

Mix together the diced apples, 1/3 of the diced red onion, cilantro, and the juice from one lime.
Toss with some salt and pepper and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Cook the bell pepper and the rest of the red onion until soft. Add in the garlic, chili powder, coriander and cumin and stir.
Add the vegetable broth and beans and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about 10 minutes. Continue to stir and mash some of the beans with a fork. Season with salt and pepper and extra lime juice if desired.
Divide the rice among the plates and top with the bean mixture and then the apple salsa. Garnish with extra cilantro.

I will definitely be making this dish again this fall! What are you favorite easy weeknight meals?

Just had to include a photo of my favorite cooking budding. ;)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Saaay What! Green Apple Salsa - so cool!

    I love everything about this dinner - quick and easy for me this time of year with work being super crazy and life in general come September & October so this is perfect!!

    1. Yes I am the same gets crazy sometimes! :)

  2. i love that apple salsa! and your cooking buddy:) my buddy always sleeps through the cooking and comes out only when i am taking pictures in the hopes of being able to nab something while i look away. he is one smart cookie.

    1. My cooking buddy does the exact same thing, though she is super helpful when I drop things on the floor. ;-)

    2. Haha, I miss having a dog sometimes for that reason! Although my cat has been known to try to steal food off plates...

  3. That apple salsa is so creative and sounds amazing! I bet it's fantastic with the beans and rice. You are so right- this is such an easy weeknight meal!

    1. Thanks Kristy! It is totally easy and quick (basically my favorite adjectives about any recipe). :)


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