Next week starts the official kick-off to Summer! If you’re like me – tightening the purse strings and trading in your tropical getaway plans for sulking and envy–swiping through everyone else’s Instagram photos of sunrises, sunsets, sand, palm trees, room service, and tropical drinks while at the neighborhood pool, you have my deepest sympathies.
But, instead of throwing a pity party because you can’t escape to your favorite tropical destination, have a staycation and bring the taste of the tropics to your kitchen. Island Beans and Tropical Rice is a flavor parade of pineapple and spices symbolic of island life and sure to bring oomph back to plain, boring rice. It reminds me of my Key West trip with the hubby (which seems like ages ago).
Long-grain rice cooked in pineapple-infused coconut water, then blended with diced pineapple, black beans, cumin, chipotle seasoning, cilantro, and scallions create island paradise on your plate. Avocado slices top if off.
Island Beans and Tropical Rice is perfect on its own, but can also be added to a bed of mixed greens to make it a complete meal. The addition of another island recipe, EP4L’s Pineapple-Cilantro Vinaigrette, will compliment this and any salad. Top the salad with my vinaigrette, thinly sliced red onions and diced avocado to complete this island-themed dish.