Easy Lime Cilantro Black Beans and Brown Rice

| October 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

I created this recipe for Easy Lime Cilantro Black Beans and Brown Rice for my client Old El Paso, as a pairing for their new frozen Old El Paso Chicken Fajitas. All opinions are my own.

Easy Lime Cilantro Black Beans and Brown Rice

“Mrs. Caron, why are you so dressed up today,” one of Will’s classmates asked while I was supervising his class’s lunch period earlier today. I smiled. I really wasn’t dressed up — but I was wearing something other than my typical yoga pants. Fridays are usually the day that several of my friends and I take a nearly five mile walk — some weeks faster than others. But today, we had to skip it.

“No special reason,” I replied. I mean, seriously, I can’t tell an eight-year-old that I am wearing a simple black dress and a cardigan because it was way easier than finding something else to wear, right? I couldn’t possibly say that the idea of wearing something binding — like jeans — today was horrifying, right?

I’ve reached the point where the path of least resistance is the best route. It’s been a crazy week — filled with weird schedule changes, lots of deadlines and so, so many things on the to-do list. I am so ready to crawl into my PJs and catch up on my favorite shows.

But there is still dinner to be had, and more deadlines to meet. And on nights like this, quick and easy recipes are the best thing ever. Like this recipe for Easy Lime Cilantro Black Beans and Brown Rice. It’s ready in about 10 minutes using a handy package of frozen brown rice and fresh mix-ins.

Quick and Easy Recipe for Lime Cilantro Black Beans and Rice

This pairs perfectly with Old El Paso’s new frozen Chicken Fajitas — a new product that is also fresh and easy, and cooks up really quickly in a skillet. I was surprised how good the fajita mixture was. Will, who had this for lunch today, declared it really good. High praise, people!

All together, this makes a light meal for four (you can make it a little heartier with the addition of a salad). I really, really love just how easy this is to whip up … especially the Easy Lime Cilantro Black Beans and Brown Rice. You can bet we’ll be having this again soon.

Lime Cilantro Black Beans and Brown Rice Overhead

Easy Lime Cilantro Black Beans and Brown Rice

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: serves 4

Easy Lime Cilantro Black Beans and Brown Rice

Ingredients

1 package frozen brown rice
1 cup black beans (from a can), drained and rinsed
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
Zest of 1 lime
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Prepare the brown rice as directed on the package.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the rice, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro and lime zest. Stir well.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Notes

This recipe is fantastic served with Old El Paso Chicken Fajitas from the freezer section. This is best served warm.

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Disclosure: I was compensated for creating this recipe. All opinions are my own.

Category: Beans, dinner, Poultry, Quick and Easy Recipes, Recipes, Reviews, Contests and More, rice, side dishes

About the Author ()

Sarah Walker Caron is a writer, editor and recipe developer who loves to create delicious recipes the whole family can enjoy together. Her work has appeared in countless publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Maine with her two food-loving kids.

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  1. Kate says:

    I am terrible at coming up with side ideas. This is just about perfect.

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