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Caribbean Rice

Photo: Karry Hosford
Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
This recipe was born when I was tossing around ideas for different side dishes for when we grilled. It's wonderful with jerk-style meats and with seafood because the sweetness of the coconut milk works well with the spices.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 1 cup long-grain parboiled rice (such as Uncle Ben's)
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 3/4 cups (1/4-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh or1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

Nutrition Information

  • calories 186
  • caloriesfromfat 14 %
  • fat 2.9 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • monofat 0.7 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 5.3 g
  • carbohydrate 36.8 g
  • fiber 3.3 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 2.3 mg
  • sodium 502 mg
  • calcium 32 mg

How to Make It

  1. Bring broth and coconut milk to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; add rice. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; keep warm.

  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes.

  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add squash; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in thyme and remaining ingredients; cook 3 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Add rice to squash mixture, stirring to combine.