by Kayla Howard
Rice and beans doesn’t always bring up great pictures in the mind. In fact, when someone says they are eating rice and beans, it usually means they are totally broke and that’s all they can afford.
Well, I want to defy that today picture today.
While it’s true that rice and beans are inexpensive, they aren’t just budget food. Rice and beans are DELICIOUS and NUTRITIOUS! Especially when you have friend plantains—which is exactly what I built this meal around. [wink]
Truly, this combo of foods just requires the right spices and ingredients to make them extremely tasty. Namely, coconut milk and thyme.
Let’s dive into my recipe, (pictured above) to create a sensation for your taste buds. And, it’s even gluten free.
Kayla’s Jamaican-ish Rice & Beans
- 2 cans coconut milk
- 2 cups water.
- 1 cup dried black beans
- 1-2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- ½-1 teaspoon salt
Cook beans in coconut milk until tender, about 2 hours. Add herbs and spices. This will become a sauce to spoon over the rice. Serve over plain jasmine rice, or rice of choice.
Top with grilled chicken breast.
Simple Grilled Chicken Breast
- Skinless Chicken Breast
- Olive Oil
- Sea Salt
- Black Pepper
- Cilantro (Chopped or Paste)
Marinate the chicken breast in olive oil. I usually do this with frozen chicken breast, and they rarely thaw before hitting the grill. They always come out nice and moist this way.
Once on the grill, salt & pepper then baste or sprinkle with cilantro. (Sprinkle fresh chopped, or baste with squeezable paste. You can find that at most grocery stores.)
To make this dish EXTRA special!!! Add fried plantains. I slice them and fry them in coconut oil. YUM!
Because I love cooking with herbs, I planted herbs in with my flowers by my front door. I keep two wine barrels of flowers there during our growing season, and having it so near means I’m more likely to take the time to pluck some fresh herbs for cooking.
Do you like to cook with fresh herbs? What’s your favorite?