Herbed Black Beans and Rice

Serves 3 to 4
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Ingredients

1 cup Blue Ribbon® Whole Grain Brown Rice
4 bacon slices, finely diced
3 each garlic, finely minced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin powder
1 tsp fresh oregano leaves
1 bay leaf
1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed

Cooking Directions

Prepare rice according to package directions.

While rice is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat and cook bacon until crisp.  Reserve bacon.  Add garlic, onion, bell pepper, cumin, oregano and bay leaf.  Sauté until vegetables are tender.  Add beans and cooked rice and heat through.  Serve topped with bacon, if desired.  Remove bay leaf before serving.   

*For vegetarian version omit bacon and sauté vegetables in 1 tablespoon olive oil.