"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

Recipe by Cooking Light December 2001


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6 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups)


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.


Nutrition Facts

276 calories; calories from fat 27%; fat 8.2g; saturated fat 1.4g; mono fat 5.3g; poly fat 0.7g; protein 11.7g; carbohydrates 43.8g; fiber 8.1g; cholesterol 7mg; iron 2.8mg; sodium 870mg; calcium 74mg.