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Taco Beans and Rice

Photo: Oxmoor House
Prep time 2 mins
Cook time 12 mins
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 6 tablespoons rice, about 3/4 cup bean mixture, and 2 tablespoons cheese)
We call for ready-to-eat brown rice, but if you have leftover brown rice, this is the perfect time to use it. Grill some summer squash, which is at its peak from June through late August, for a fresh side to this Mexican-style dish.Prep: 2 minutes; Cook: 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups refrigerated prechopped tricolor bell pepper
  • 1 cup refrigerated prechopped onion
  • 1 (16-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (1.25-ounce) package 40%-less-sodium taco seasoning mix, divided
  • 1 (8.8-ounce) pouch microwaveable cooked brown rice (such as Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Brown Ready Rice)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 286
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • fat 9 g
  • satfat 2.8 g
  • monofat 4.4 g
  • polyfat 1.5 g
  • protein 10.2 g
  • carbohydrate 40.7 g
  • fiber 5.3 g
  • cholesterol 10 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 830 mg
  • calcium 137 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add bell pepper and onion. Cook 7 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring often. Stir in beans; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; stir in half package of seasoning mix.

  2. Place rice in a medium bowl; heat according to package directions. Add remaining half of seasoning mix to rice, stirring well to combine. Spoon bean mixture over rice; sprinkle evenly with cheese.

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