Black Beans and Rice

Course : Beans
Serves: 8
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5 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion -- chopped
1 medium green bell pepper -- diced
2 cloves garlic -- chopped
2 1/2 cups cooked black beans
2 cups rice
4 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons salt
1 piece bay leaf
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper to taste

Preparation / Directions:

In a large pot, heat oil till fragrant. Add onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook till tender, about 8 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and cook over medium-high heat until all the water has been absorbed. It should take 15 minutes or less. Stir with a fork, cover and cook over low heat until the rice is tender. Discard bay leaf and serve hot.

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