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Sebastian’s Smoky Rice and Beans

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Sebastian’s Smoky Rice and Beans

Sebastian’s Tip: "Rice and beans together are like music to my ears! Wee crustaceans can join in the symphony by rinsing and draining the canned beans and tomatoes, and measuring the rice and frozen corn."


Excerpted from Dishing It Up Disney Style: A Cookbook for Families with Type 1 Diabetes

Find more recipes at Lilly and Disney's Type 1 Diabetes Recipe Index


Serves 6

What you'll need

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced canned chipotle pepper
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallion greens (optional)

How to make it

  1. Heat the oil in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, cumin, and chipotle pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the onion starts to soften.

  2. Add the rice and stir to coat with the oil. Add the black beans, tomatoes, and corn. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 25 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed.

  3. Remove from the heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl, then sprinkle with scallions, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: about 1 cup

Calories 207
Total Fat 3g
Total Carbohydrate 36g
Fiber 3g
Protein 8g
Carbohydrate Choice 2 1/2

Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.