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Spicy Black Beans and Rice

by Erika Nicole Kendall

2 cups   uncooked regular long-grain white rice
4 cups   water
2 tablespoons  sunflower oil
1 tablespoon   finely chopped garlic (3 to 4 medium cloves)
3 teaspoons   dried oregano leaves
1 teaspoon   crushed red pepper flakes
4 cups black beans
1/4 cup  diced red bell pepper


Cook rice in water as directed on package.

Meanwhile, in large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes; cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Stir in beans; heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, to blend flavors. Serve over rice; sprinkle with bell pepper.

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Rondrea April 12, 2011 - 11:26 AM

When you post recipes, what do you use to decide whether to post or not?

I ask because I can’t be bothered with brown rice, even though there are more health benefits. And I know white rice is more processed, so is there a rule you follow with recipes?

Erika Nicole Kendall April 12, 2011 - 11:33 AM

You’re not going to like my answer, but I look for recipes that can be altered to be clean (or post my own clean recipes, specifically marked From Erika’s Kitchen) according to the guidelines for clean eating I’ve posted on the blog.

Rondrea April 12, 2011 - 12:18 PM

Good answer… Can you then also post the modifications so the recipe can be modified? I’m sure the modification for this one would include brown rice, correct?

Erika Nicole Kendall April 12, 2011 - 1:52 PM

Long grain white rice is not the same as processed, refined and enriched white rice. https://blackgirlsguidetoweightloss.com/what-are-you-eating/whats-wrong-with-white-rice/

Most of these things I’ve already blogged about, so if you have a question about an ingredient, using the search function will almost always bring up a quick list of topics to help you make your swaps appropriately. 🙂

Karen G April 25, 2011 - 11:57 AM

I’ve never cooked black beans before, but i have them in my pantry, both canned and dried. I am assuming that this recipe is calling for canned beans, is that correct? Is the water for the rice, because the water isn’t mentioned in the directions.

Dalila January 4, 2012 - 9:19 PM

Can you use Canned Black Beans instead of dry ones? I would love to buy dry black beans, but I never know what I want to cook each day and I know dry beans require soaking. Could I substitute canned black beahns instead?


Erika Nicole Kendall January 5, 2012 - 11:50 AM

You can, but you can also pre-cook your beans in advance and keep them refrigerated!

Dalila January 8, 2012 - 10:58 PM

I think I might try that one weekend when I’m not busy. Thanks for the tip.

Amy Edwrds June 7, 2012 - 3:30 PM

I love your blog, but think it would be more appropriately called a girl’s guide to weight loss. This information is important to all women! Still, I love what you are doing, just be sure to include the rest of us!

Erika Nicole Kendall June 7, 2012 - 3:55 PM

I like the title of my blog just fine. It reflects who runs it and the perspective represented here: that of, well…a Black girl.

I’ve addressed this over and over again. I think you might be dwelling unnecessarily on the unimportant stuff.

Diana October 22, 2012 - 7:51 PM

No Nonsense! I like that. It is kind of funny how people keep trippin on what YOUR blog is called. How many magazines or what have you is dedicated to one race..etc. Are people writing them telling them to change everything…(SMH)

jen July 7, 2012 - 2:37 PM

I like the name of her blog. And I’m white and reading it. Good name for your blog. Those who don’t like it aren’t interested in your awesome advice thy as merely interested in the unimportant color of the text.

Bertha July 27, 2017 - 9:01 PM

I eat brown rice and black beans, scramble eggs for breakfast. I have lost weight eating this.

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