Black Beans and Coconut Rice

This is definitely different than what we usually eat but it was SO good! Thanks, for helping me out of my comfort zone!

1 c. sweetened flaked coconut
3 1/2-4 cups vegetable broth divided
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 Tbsp. butter, divided (or olive oil)
1 cup rice
1/2 large onion chopped
2 15 oz cans black beans drained and rinsed
1 1/4 tsp. chili powder
1 lime
sour cream or greek yogurt
fruit salsa, any brand (I usually use mango salsa


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread out coconut on baking sheet and bake until toasted, 5-10 minutes.

2. Bring 2 1/2 cups of the broth, salt, pepper, and 2 Tbsp. butter to a boil in large saucepan. Stir in rice. Cover, reduce heat to low, and cook about 20 minutes until water is absorbed.

3. Meanwhile, melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onions 5-7 minutes, or until tender. Stir in black beans, spices, and 1 cup of broth. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. If bean mixture begins to look too dry, add a little more broth.

4. Roll the lime around on the counter, pressing down with your palm as you roll to loosen the juices. Remove rice from heat. Cut lime in half, then squeeze in juice from both halves. Stir in toasted coconut and cilantro.

5. To serve, spoon rice onto plate. Top with beans, and then garnish with sour cream and salsa.

If I have labeled a recipe as GlutenFree or Dairy Free but it appears to have those ingredients in it... that means the recipe is still delicious with substitutes/replacements. Ex: soy milk, lactose-free cheese, Bragg's liquid aminos (for soy sauce), all-purpose gluten free flour (Better Batter is my favorite), etc. Please check your individual ingredients to be sure they are GF or DF, if that is what you need.

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