Somethings just don’t go as planned. And more often than not, our dinner plans can change faster than…well something really fast. That was the case this weekend when Declan found himself all alone in the kitchen with no idea what to make for dinner. (How often does this happen to you?) He putted down to the pantry to see what he could find and hope to whip something of nutritional value. “Black beans, can of diced tomatoes, instant rice…wait a minute!” he thought as he ran back up stairs to check the pantry, “onions and garlic, check!” and then the fridge, “turkey keilbasa! Looks like meat’s back on the menu!“
Okay maybe it wasn’t all that dramatic, but Declan did realize that he had most of the ingredients on hand for a nice dish of black beans and rice. With just a few extra spices, he was able to whip up this delicious and easy meal!
Is this an authentic Brazilian meal? Well not exactly, it was adapted from this recipe. However, Declan’s Aunt (mom’s best friend) is Brazilian and makes a mean black beans and rice dish and this was comparable!
To add a kick to this recipe, try using a can of diced tomatoes in green chilies instead of a regular can. But if it gets too spicy, mix in a dollop of sour cream.
- Servings – 2 to 3
- Prep time – 5 minutes
- Cook time – 45 minutes
- 1/2 pound kielbasa, chopped or diced
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 2 (16-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
1. Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add in the onion, garlic, and kielbasa and sauté for 10 minutes or until onions become tender.
2. Add in your black beans, tomatoes, chicken broth, thyme, oregano, bay leaf, and cumin and stir together. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 to 35 minutes or until the sauce becomes nice and thick.
3. Serve over the hot cooked rice and enjoy!
P.S. – Does anyone have any great suggestions for this recipe? We’re not Brazilian at all.