Here’s a fresh, tasty dish that can be served warm on a cold winter’s day or chilled at a summer fiesta.  Spiced up or mellowed out, packed with fiber-filled frijoles  and whole-grain goodness, this is a healthy dish that delivers on flavor and satisfaction.  Hearty brown rice, savory black beans, sweet corn, and fresh greens combine for a colorful combination that’s sure to please.  Top with jalapeño for a little heat, avocado to cool it down, and/or a squeeze of lime to brighten up the flavor.

Great as a side-dish or a filling lunch, this recipe serves four for about $1.50 per serving.  It won’t bust your diet, either, at only about 280 calories (with avocado) per one heaping-cup serving.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 c. uncooked brown rice

15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 c. frozen corn kernels, thawed

1/4 c. scallions, chopped

2 T. fresh cilantro, chopped

1/4 c. salsa

1 t. cumin

Juice from one lime

Salt and pepper to taste

Diced avocado for topping (optional)

Diced jalapeño for topping (optional)

Lime wedges (optional)

While rice is still warm, stir in beans, corn, scallions, cilantro, salsa, cumin, and lime juice; season to taste with salt and pepper.  If you like, top it off with some with diced jalapeño and/or avocado and serve with lime wedges.

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