Baking rice is an incredibly easy, no-fuss way to get your grain on the table. If you need help getting at least 50 percent of your grains from whole grain sources, try using brown rice when you can. It takes 15 to 20 minutes longer than white rice to bake, but the rest of your meal can be prepared while this is in the oven. The beans add some lean protein and the salsa adds the punch. There are an infinite number of ways to flavor baked rice – just start with your favorite spices and herbs and go for it.
Inspired by a Yotam Ottolenghi baked rice recipe using a minty salsa, I created this Veracruz-Style version of baked rice and beans.
Rice and beans:
Without feta cheese:
With feta cheese: