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Slow-Cooker Fiesta Rice

This flavorful recipe is a great side dish for your family “taco night”.  You might not have time to prepare brown rice before your meal, but with a little planning, your slow cooker will have it ready for you when you get home.  The pre-flavored instant rice (labeled as “Mexican Rice”) will pack in about 4-5 times as much sodium, compared to this homemade version.

Serves: 1/2 cup

Time: 6-7 hours

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. canola oil

7 strips turkey bacon

1 small onion, diced

1 medium green pepper, diced

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles

1 ½ brown rice, uncooked

2 ½ cups water

1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Cooking spray

Directions

  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Cook turkey bacon in the microwave according to package directions.  Chop, and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in medium skillet.  Add onion, peppers, and beans to pan.  Sautee until onions are tender-crisp, add to slow cooker.
  4. Add rice, water, tomatoes, turkey bacon, and black pepper to slow cooker.  Stir.
  5. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 6-7 hours.  Lightly stir before serving.
  6. Tip...to prepare on the stovetop instead of a slow cooker, prepare rice according to package directions, and then add to skillet with vegetable mixture.