Sunday, March 31, 2013

Island Inspired: Beans & Rice

Let's pretend we're on a white sandy beach.....the sun is shining.....the gentle sounds of the surf, along with the faint sounds of a Steele Drum Band are lulling us into a nice, warm, cozy, peaceful state of being.


We are not in _______________ ~ fill in the blank~ (Edmonton), we are somewhere in the Caribbean, on an island.............

On this island it is not 32F/0C outside, is tropically warm,  a cool, soothing seabreeze is in our's not the forced hot air system, it the seabreeze......focus!  (inhale).

What's that smell?  Oh, it's soooo not 4 months of dog poo that irresponsible dog owners refused to pick up throughout the winter, thawing on the city's.not.  That smell?  It's the ocean, coconut tanning lotion, and fresh sliced pineapple......(exhale).

While we're pretending......on this island there is no such thing as back fat, muffin tops, or cellulite....and when you tweeze unwanted facial hair-----it does not grow back!!!  (inhale).

Whaaaaaaattt?!?  It's my pretend island.......I am not in denial.....
I do not have my heat cranked up to the mid 80's (yes, I do).
I am not slathered in Coppertone SPF 7 (yes, I am).
I did not just singe my eyebrows while leaning over to envelope the scent of my "tropical" burning candle (yes, I did - don't judge me).

Okay, so I am making beans and rice.....I am using coconut milk in place of water.....I am adding lime juice and lime zest....and, I am garnishing the creamy, tender scoops of beans and rice with as ton of chopped scallions.

So please excuse me while I eat some Island Inspired Beans & Rice, I am going back to my pretend island.....for now....until Notch starts nudging me that he needs to go out......then harsh reality will sink in.....until then...........

Check out my other Island Inspired posts this week:

Island Inspired:  Tropical Salsa

Island Inspired:  Local Breakfast Plate (in Hawaii)

Print THIS Recipe!
Island Inspired Beans & Rice
makes 4 servings

2 tsp olive oil
1 cup brown rice
2 cups reduced fat coconut milk
1 14oz can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lime, juiced and zested
2 scallions, whole
1/ 2 cup chopped scallions, for serving
lime wedges, for serving

In a medium-large pan with a tight fitting lid, heat the oil oil over medium heat.  When oil begins to shimmer, add rice, toss to coat - toast rice for about a minute until fragrant.  Add coconut milk, garlic, lime juice and zest, whole scallions, and drained beans; gently fold together - swirl only 2-3 times around the pan just to combine.  Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to a low setting - simmer for bout 40 minutes, or until all liquids have been absorbed.  Remove from heat, but leave covered, and allow rice to steam for 20-30 minutes.  Fluff with a fork when ready to serve.  Serve with chopped scallions and lime wedges.

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  1. Yummy, I totally there.

  2. This looks delicious! I've pinned to my food board.

    Stopping by from Pint Sized Baker. Have a great week!

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks (

  3. looks yummy and what pretty presentation!!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Jocie & as always, thanks for hosting!!

  4. Hey Kim, You were picked to be our ad space winner this week plus you will be featured tonight@ yay! and thanks for checking out my lampshade on G+...and i totally did spray myself with adhesive. lol!

  5. This looks tasty!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier!
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

    1. I am still thinking about that S'Mores Bark! :0)

  6. oh my heavens! You just transported me, thank you! Time to find some coconut milk (please small town grocer have some!). Thanks for stopping by and sharing your recipes on Foodie Friday.

    1. Oh, I've been there - and I worked at the small town grocer. Sometimes it was a miss, yet other times, when they had what I was looking for, yahoos and fist bumps to the sky!

  7. These look fabulous! I love making rice dishes. This would be a great lunch :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything



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