Everyone loves rice and beans; it is an ultimate comfort food. Less comforting, is that it's usually packed with calories and salt, not to mention the fact that the traditional Cuban preparation requires you use a ham hock for flavoring. I decided to create a healthier version, using brown rice and simple flavorings to keep the spirit of the Cuban dish while making a healthy and filling dinner.
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3/4 cup brown rice, dry
2/3 cup dry black beans, soaked (or one 15 oz. can)
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
1 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
4 cups low sodium vegetable stock
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, plus more for garnish