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Moros y Cristianos

Yield 6 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)
"This dish of black beans and rice is a simplified version of the original. It's a Cuban favorite traditionally served at Christmas and on other special occasions. The name "Moors and Christians" refers to the Moorish invasion of southern Spain in A.D. 711." --CL Reader

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped reduced-fat ham
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can less-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
  • 2 cups long-grain parboiled rice (such as Uncle Ben's)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green bell pepper
  • Cilantro sprig (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 276
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 8.2 g
  • satfat 1.4 g
  • monofat 5.3 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 11.7 g
  • carbohydrate 43.8 g
  • fiber 8.1 g
  • cholesterol 7 mg
  • iron 2.8 mg
  • sodium 870 mg
  • calcium 74 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ham; sauté 1 minute. Add onion and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and broth; bring to a boil. Add rice and next 5 ingredients (rice through bay leaf); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaf. Sprinkle each serving evenly with bell pepper. Garnish with a cilantro sprig, if desired.