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The nutritious broth that remains after cooking black beans makes a flavorful, rich broth for cooking rice. The Mexicans have been doing this for a long time. Adapted from Deborah Madison's Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1⁄2 white onion, finely diced
- 1 1⁄4 cups long grain brown rice (or white rice)
- 2 -3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1⁄8 teaspoon anise seed
- 2 cups black bean broth (from cooking black beans or broth plus water)
- 1 cup tomato, peeled, diced (fresh or canned)
- queso fresco
- diced jalapeno chile
- chopped cilantro
- slivered scallion
- chopped tomato
- sour cream
- Heat the olive oil in a 3 quart saucepan.
- Add the onion and saute over medium high heat for 4-5 minutes.
- Add the rice, garlic, and anise and stir to coat the rice.
- Cook until the rice is light gold, 3-4 minutes, then add the broth, tomatoes, and 1/2 teaspoons salt and bring to a boil.
- Cover and cook over low heat until the rice is done, 18-25 minutes.
- Turn into a serving dish and add desired garnishes. Enjoy!