A pairing for the ages -- and a beautifully balanced source of protein -- rice and black beans crackle with flavor, thanks to jalapeno, onions, and garlic. In this version, hearty long-grain brown rice stands in for the traditional white variety, offering an extra measure of substance.
This lunch is loaded with good-for-you carbs, including veggies and brown rice. Vegetarians looking for protein will find it in the tofu.
Night before: Cook brown rice according to package instructions. Assemble other ingredients through step
2 of the recipe, then refrigerate in an airtight container.
Our rice salad, which can be served chilled or at room temperature, includes three types of the grain -- wild, brown, and brown basmati -- as well as tomatoes, cucumber, celery, onion, and peppers. Any combination of rice or commercial blend of rice would work well in this recipe.