RED RICE AND BEANS

Here’s a lovely little dish that you can easily make at home now, as you probably have most of these ingredients!  Personally, I can eat this hot, cold or in between!  It’s a great meal, side dish or, do I dare say, a nutritious breakfast?? Why not??!! Enjoy!
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ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 large cloves garlic, lightly crushed with the side of a knife blade and minced

1 large red onion, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 red pepper, stem and seeds removed and small diced

2 (1-pound) cans red kidney beans

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon hot sauce

2 ½ cups chicken stock

1 cup white rice

1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro leaves

directions

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Sauté garlic, onion, celery, and pepper until tender. Stir in kidney beans, onion powder, salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Reduce heat to low and let mixture simmer slowly while you cook the rice.

Bring the chicken stock to a boil and stir in rice and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Return to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes without removing the lid. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

Fold rice and beans gently together and transfer to a serving dish. Serve garnished with cilantro.

(Adapted from a recipe found on https://www.foodnetwork.com/)

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