We had an Island theme for Melanie and Connor’s birthday party last weekend and I thought beans and coconut rice sounded really good as a side dish. I looked for a recipe but couldn’t find one that sounded perfect so I improvised…and this is what I came up with. It turned out delicious! The peppers came from Costco in that bag of red, orange and yellow sweet peppers – they are small and 4 probably equal one large bell pepper if that works better for you. The color really made the dish look pretty though so make sure you don’t just buy a plain green one! I steamed the rice like usual but just added the thyme to the water. I’m sure long grain white rice would be good too. This recipe serves 10-12 so you might want to cut it down if you’re making it for a small family!
Caribbean Beans and Rice
While the rice is cooking, saute the peppers and garlic in the oil until soft. Add the green onions and saute 2-3 minutes more. Stir in the black beans and warm through then add the rice and coconut milk. Stir over med-low heat until well combined and heated through. Serve hot.