Iron is responsible for delivering oxygen to body cells, and without oxygen, the cells won't provide the energy we need to do daily activities. Although iron from meat, poultry, and fish is absorbed most efficiently by the body, foods like soybeans are a good source of iron too. Adding Vitamin C to a meal that contains iron will help boost the absorption of that iron, and sweet peppers are surprisingly high in Vitamin C.
Serving Size:1/2 cup rice and 3/4 cup bean mixture
Start to Finish:40 mins
Cajun-Style Black Beans and Rice
In a large saucepan heat oil over medium heat. Add celery and onion; cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sweet pepper and garlic; cook for 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in Cajun seasoning and salt. Add beans and the water. Bring just to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes to blend flavors. Add okra. Return to boiling. Cook, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until okra is tender. Stir in the 1/3 cup cilantro.
Divide rice among serving plates. Top with beans and, if desired, garnish with additional cilantro.