Black Bean, Chicken & Rice Bowl with Apple Salsa

Black Bean, Chicken & Rice Bowl with Apple Salsa

div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sPUMNnA18Cg/Txb1fJl39wI/AAAAAAAAm-k/-A0CLGgP9bk/s1600/RiceBeanBowl-395t.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sPUMNnA18Cg/Txb1fJl39wI/AAAAAAAAm-k/-A0CLGgP9bk/s1600/RiceBeanBowl-395t.jpg" //a/divYears ago - pre-kids years ago, when a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2008/05/696.html" target="blank"bI lived in Brooklyn/b/a and had vegetarian eating habits - this was the kind of meal I subsisted on. Yes, I know this isn't a vegetarian recipe - but minus the chicken {and chicken stock} this was the kind of meal I made quite frequently. I was really into the whole idea of a "bowl" type meal. For one, iit's cheap/i! Two, it's easy to make and the leftovers can be used for the following day's bagged work lunch, or another night's dinner. The perfect college girl meal.br /It seems like an eternity since I've made a dinner like this and seeing it in the current issue of Bon Appétit made me crave one. I had also just discovered a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2012/01/basics-perfect-brown-rice.html" target="blank"bmy new favorite way to prepare brown rice/b/a, so the timing was perfect. br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--z4T2WQZHXU/TxcIICaXII/AAAAAAAAm-s/pvTJIqjsS1E/s1600/RiceBeanBowl-350t.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--z4T2WQZHXU/TxcIICaXII/AAAAAAAAm-s/pvTJIqjsS1E/s1600/RiceBeanBowl-350t.jpg" //a/divWhat makes this recipe unlike many bean and rice "bowl" recipes out there is the apple salsa you serve along with it. I love that it uses Granny Smith apples because they're commonly available throughout the year - so any time is a good time to make some. The tart apples, paired with a bit of tangy lime juice, a kick from the minced red onions along with the brightness of fresh cilantro is a perfect flavor combination. iEspecially/i when combined with mildly spicy and slightly smoky black beans. br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FH-JzR1hjSA/Txb1R03ZwZI/AAAAAAAAm-U/eypOPHA2MS0/s1600/RiceBeanBowl-1.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FH-JzR1hjSA/Txb1R03ZwZI/AAAAAAAAm-U/eypOPHA2MS0/s1600/RiceBeanBowl-1.jpg" //a/divThis recipe is very well fit for being adapted. So - I encourage you to adjust the ingredients or quantities to suit your families tastes - or to possibly use up any leftover bits of this or that you may have hanging around inside your refrigerator. I, myself, adjusted the original recipe quite a bit - adding in some minced jalapeno pepper, for just a touch of heat and changing some of the quantities to suit my taste. I decided to 'press' the garlic, rather than mince it because I have this wonderful {isuper high quality & well designed/i} a href="http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-99481/Rosle-Garlic-Press;jsessionid=4F89089FF2F9B4147B1B93ABD5CC42F7" target="blank"bgarlic press/b/a that does an amazing job {iand yes, it is worth spending $40 on/i}.br /When you mince garlic, much of the 'juice' from inside the cloves ends up on your cutting board - but with this tool, every last bit of garlicky goodness ends up in whatever you're preparing. br /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WgEzW-Kf6cE/Txb1G10j9II/AAAAAAAAm-M/WLuSDo2w4w/s1600/RiceBeanBowl-295.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WgEzW-Kf6cE/Txb1G10j9II/AAAAAAAAm-M/WLuSDo2w4w/s1600/RiceBeanBowl-295.jpg" //a/divbr /div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-elfe5lX1i2I/Txb09Bx2O8I/AAAAAAAAm-E/VKPV1eYVr2k/s1600/RiceBeanBowl-475.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 0em; margin-right: 1em;"img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-elfe5lX1i2I/Txb09Bx2O8I/AAAAAAAAm-E/VKPV1eYVr2k/s1600/RiceBeanBowl-475.jpg" //a/divIf you like this recipe, you might also like these posts - a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2008/09/havana-black-beans.html" target="blank"bHavana Black Beans/b/a | a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2010/03/lentil-bulgur-salad.html" target="blank"bLentil & Bulgur Salad/b/a | a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2012/01/basics-perfect-brown-rice.html" target="blank"bPerfect Brown Rice/b/abr /a href="http://www.theparsleythief.com/2012/01/black-bean-chicken-rice-bowl-with-apple.html#more"Wait, there's more! Click here to keep reading.../a

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