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  • Of Food And Love: Chicken And Black Bean Bake

    I was cruising around Instagram the other day when I saw two things that I wanted to eat that instant — chicken and black beans.  Someone had put them in a salad and I wanted to put it in rice.

    So, I went on the hunt and found this crazy good recipe.  There are two ways to make it, the easy (not so healthy way) or the little bit longer (but much healthier way) way :)   You choose!

    I chose the longer way, because I swore off boxed rices a long time ago and haven’t regretted that decision at all.  This recipe was an adventure for me, because it gave me a chance to try out an underused spice in my arsenal — Turmeric.

    Turmeric , the unsung hero of spices I like to say, has amazing properties: a natural antiseptic, speeds up the healing process for wounds, anti-inflammitory, liver detoxifier.  What!?  That little yellow spice does all that and more?  Like I said, unsung hero of the spice world.


    via Time Health

    I’m not an amazing cook,  I just like to experiment with different recipes and try new things.  This was one of those nights.  I made yellow rice for the first time.  In rice love, immediately.

    Then, I went on to make the chicken and black bean bake, which was fantastic!  It felt better knowing that I had taken the time to make our meal as healthy as I could by making my own rice.

    Serve with warm tortillas or (Cuban style) with warm bread.  Enjoy!

    Courtesy of  Southern Living circa 2009
    Chicken And Black Bean Bake

    • 1 (10-oz.) package yellow rice mix  ( I used one cup uncooked rice to start my yellow rice mixture)
    • 1 cup chopped onion
    • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper (didn’t have any green pepper, turned out fine)
    • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken (vegetarian option: 1 1/2 cups lightly sauteed zucchini)
    • 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, drained
    • 1 (10-oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
    • 2 cups (8 oz.) grated Monterey Jack cheese


    1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare rice according to package directions.
    2. 2. Meanwhile, sauté onion, bell pepper, and carrot in hot oil in a medium skillet over medium heat 10 minutes or until tender.
    3. 3. Combine hot cooked rice, onion mixture, chicken, beans, diced tomatoes and chiles, and 1 1/2 cups cheese in a large bowl. Spoon into a lightly greased 3-qt. or 13- x 9-inch baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.
    4. 4. Bake, covered, at 350° for 30 minutes; uncover and bake 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

    Did I miss the yellow recipe? I’d love to try it, how did you make it? I made a pasta dish last night (I found on pinterest), it tastes similar to a pasta roni but a million times better because it wasn’t from a box. This dish looks marvelous. I want to try :)

    4 Oct 2012, 1:51pm
    by Mommy Hobbies


    I didn’t post the recipe. Here it is:

    Got it, thanks

    4 Oct 2012, 2:27pm
    by Mommy Hobbies


    :) Enjoy!! There is a growing list of items that I will never buy prepackage again and yellow rice has been added! When you’re cooking it, the smells will woo you, promise.

    Yes, I am beginning to feel that way. I bought turmeric a bit ago to aid in removing a wart. (yes, it finally worked). I didn’t know what I would ever use it for. When I saw this I knew I needed the recipe. :)

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