Caribbean Red Beans & Brown Rice - 2 Guiding Stars
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This spiced, Caribbean-inspired dish can be made with whatever kind of beans and rice you have on hand. The bean mixture will freeze nicely, so this is a fantastic dish to make an extra large batch of ahead of time. Cook instant brown rice when you’re ready to serve for a speedy dinner.


  • 1¼ cups brown rice
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2½ cups water
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. ground allspice
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Combine the rice, 1 tablespoon of the oil, half of the salt, and the water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender (40-45 minutes). Set aside and keep warm.
  2. While the rice is simmering, heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and celery; sauté until the vegetables are softened (6-8 minutes). Stir in the garlic and cook until softened (1 minute). Add the allspice, cloves, cayenne, remaining salt, and the pepper. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in the beans, chicken broth, tomato, thyme and hot sauce. Cook until the vegetable mixture is heated through (6-8 minutes).
  4. Divide the rice among warmed individual bowls. Top each serving with beans and garnish with cilantro.
Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 280; Total Fat 8.5g (10% Daily Value); Saturated Fat 1.5g (8% DV); Trans Fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV); Sodium 525mg (23% DV); Total Carbohydrate 44g (16% DV); Dietary Fiber 5.5g (18% DV); Total Sugars 2g; Includes 0g Added Sugars (0% DV); Protein 8g; Vitamin D 0% DV; Calcium 4% DV; Iron 10% DV; Potassium 8% DV; Manganese 80% DV; Copper 35% DV; Niacin 25% DV.
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