Simply Healthy Family: Cuban Black Bean Burrito Bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice and Mango Salsa #sponsored


Cuban Black Bean Burrito Bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice and Mango Salsa #sponsored

Fast food without the drive through, greasy napkins or imminent guilt.

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by USA Rice Federation and am eligible to win  prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

Here I am, sitting in my car at 4:37 pm on a Tuesday after being at work since 6:28 am wondering  which take out joint I'm going to hit up  what I'm going to make for dinner. I have my hospital acquired scrubs on, I desperately need a shower (we won't elaborate) and my feet hurt like nobody's business. I quickly go over the options in my head. Seeing as that I haven't eaten a decent meal since 9:45 am (does cafeteria scrambled 'eggs' and salsa count as decent?)  I'm in serious need of a damn good dinner with negative zero fuss.

Enter the Burrito Bowl   (I say that with echoing boom mike sound effects in my head.....)  I mentioned I was tired. Disclaimer.

The wonderful thing about rice is that

a)   It's so versatile

b)   It's super simple to prepare


c) It's a healthy option when the right kind is chosen

{Think sustainable, safe, locally-grown and GMO-free food, U.S.- Grown Rice.}

"The health benefits of rice include its ability to provide fast and instant energy, regulate and improve bowel movements, stabilize blood sugar levels, and slow down the aging process, while also providing an essential source of vitamin B1 to the human body. Other benefits include its ability to boost skin health, increase the metabolism, aid in digestion, reduce high blood pressure, help weight loss efforts, improve the immune system and provide protection against dysentery, cancer, and heart disease."   ~  Organic Facts 

Fast forward 20 minutes later and I'm standing in my kitchen watching a pot of water boil. Entertainment at it's finest. I open up a can of black beans, chop up some red bell peppers, a couple of ripe mango's an onion, some cilantro and juice a couple of limes and  before  the rice has finished cooking we are at the dinner table smelling the aromas of a satisfying meal about to happen.
 (Now I'm picturing myself in a flowing cape and purple tights standing tall and proud atop a sky scraper hands on hips with satisfying accomplishment  ........on second hand, scratch the tights, nobody needs to see that.)

Did you know that when you eat rice with beans it becomes a 'complete protein'? Pretty cool huh?
  1. A complete protein (or whole protein) is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans or other animals.

TIME        30 MINUTES            SERVES       6


3 cups cooked U.S. grown long grain white rice

2 cans black beans (negro frijoles) undrained

1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 yellow onion, diced

1/2 tablespoon oil

3 juicy limes

1- 2 teaspoons cumin (taste preference, start w 1)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder (optional)

1/2 teaspoon salt

2-3 mango's, skins removed and diced

1 large handful cilantro, stems removed, leaves chopped

1/2 cup red onion, diced

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar (or rice or champagne vinegar)

Cook rice according to package directions. Do not remove lid until done. In a medium size sauce pot over medium high heat add oil, let heat up for a minute or so. Add chopped yellow onion, toss to coat and let sit for 2-3 minutes. Toss with a spoon and let sit a minute or so more to brown (no need to keep stirring, letting them sit adds flavor).  Add the diced red bell pepper and toss to coat. Cook 2-3 more minutes.

Add beans, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne and salt to onion mixture, reduce heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes until warmed through.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine diced mango, red onion, lime juice and vinegar. Toss to coat. (actually, the longer this sits to marinate the better, do a few hours in advanced if possible)

Remove the rice from the pot when done and toss in a large bowl toss with the chopped cilantro and lime juice. Serve the bean mixture over the rice piping hot. Add some of the mango salsa on top.

Other great rice dishes



  1. Easy dinners like this are CRUCIAL for me during exam preparation month in law school. Love how healthy and colorful this one is too!

  2. This dish looks wonderful. Honestly, you had me at quick and easy. Our school nights are so busy, dinner preparation needs to be super fast in our house.

  3. It's official. I want this for lunch!! Yummy!

  4. The perfect meal! I eat these types of bowls every week!

  5. Easy and quick to prepare! Love it!

  6. Delicious! I love burrito bowls!

  7. Love this! So full of flavor and health benefits! I will definetely be making this next week. The fresh cilantro sounds like a bit of heaven to me, thanks for sharing!

  8. What a wonderful meal! I'm a huge fan of rice and pairing it with beans makes for a healthy, delicious dinner!

  9. We all LOVE black bean and rice burrito bowls over here - so easy and healthy! I never think to chop up some mango to top it off - what a great idea.

  10. This is such a fabulous everyday recipe Gwen. Rice is a staple in our home - I agree so versatile!

  11. I could gobble this all up right now! I love burrito bowls, and as you said, so easy to customize. Hope you win!!

  12. I love black beans, I can eat them everyday. This looks so yummy!

  13. amazing and delicious! I love cuban and cuban inspired food, and this looks like total winner… best part, it's "weeknight worthy" meaning i'm not stuck in the kitchen for 2 hours whipping up a healthy gourmet meal on a tuesday after work. :)


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