Weight Watchers Black Beans and Rice (Cuban) Recipe
Weight Watchers Black Beans and Rice (Cuban) Recipe. There are few things more comforting than a big bowl of Cuban black beans and rice. The flavors are simple but perfect, and the dish is hearty and filling. Plus, it’s easy to make and relatively inexpensive. The beans provide a rich source of protein and fiber, while the rice lends a fluffy texture and subtle sweetness.
This classic dinner or lunch is made with rice, olive oil, red sweet pepper, red onion, garlic, oregano, cumin, black beans, salt, red wine vinegar, cilantro, and fresh lime.
This dish can be easily customized to suit your taste, and it can be made in advance and reheated for an easy weeknight meal. Whether you’re serving it as a main course or as a side dish, Cuban black beans and rice is sure to please everyone at the table.
Weight Watchers Points
MyWW Points: 7 Green Plan
7 WW Smart Points
Personal Points will vary based on your individual plan.
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Black beans are a type of legume that is native to South America. Though they are often used in Mexican and Caribbean cuisine, black beans can be used in a variety of dishes from all around the world.
In addition to being delicious, black beans are also incredibly nutritious. They are a good source of protein, fiber, and iron.
Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. Native to the Mediterranean region, it has been cultivated for centuries and is now grown all over the world.
The leaves and stems of the cilantro plant are used as a garnish or seasoning in many different cuisines.
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Weight Watchers Cuban Black Beans and Rice
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup long grain white rice
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 cup red sweet pepper (or banana pepper) diced
- 1¾ cup red onion chopped, divided
- 1½ tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 can (32oz) black beans not drained
- salt to taste
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- ⅔ cup fresh cilantro chopped, divided
- 1 fresh lime cut into 6 wedges
- Cook rice according to the package directions.
- In the meantime, place a large skillet over medium/high heat. Add olive oil.
- When the oil is hot, add peppers, and 1½ cup of the red onion.
- Cook approximately 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stir often.
- Add minced garlic, dried oregano, and ground cumin. Stir and cook approximately 30 – 40 seconds, or until mix becomes fragrant.
- Add black beans including the liquid, ½ cup water, and salt. Stir to mix well.
- Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and continue to simmer for approximately 5 minutes.
- Take skillet off heat, add red wine vinegar, and ⅓ cup of the cilantro. Stir to mix well.
- Place ½ cup of cooked rice on a plate, and top with ¾ cup of the black bean mixture. Sprinkle remaining onion mixture and cilantro on top, and squeeze 1 lime wedge over each serving.
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