Spicy Black Beans and Rice and a NEW Gooseberry Cookbook Giveaway!


The Giveaway is now over!!!

A BIG thank you to all who have sent me good wishes regarding my bout with gout.  Yes, I still have it and am on my 3rd medication.  I HOPE this one does the trick!

A new Gooseberry Patch giveaway starts today ~ the cookbook is called Rush-Hour Recipes and I will be cooking from it this week!  Giveaway rules will be at the end of this post for a copy of this cookbook.

Mr. Meat Eater has spent lots of time in the Caribbean ~ probably at least as much as he has spent here with me.  He really loves Caribbean-type food, including beans and rice.  When I saw this recipe I knew he would love it because it doesn’t have bunches of what he considers objectionable veggies in it.  I made it today for his lunch and he loved it.   I’ll have to take his word for it because I don’t like beans and rice so I didn’t even try it.  I did have some leftover so I am going to freeze it and next week I will add a little chicken and make tortillas with it.

I used brown rice instead of white and petite diced tomatoes since that’s what I had on hand.  Other than that, I followed the recipe.

The recipe was submitted to Gooseberry Patch by Aubrey Nygren-Earl of Taylorsville, UT.

Spicy Black Beans and Rice

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 cup long-cooking rice, uncooked
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp paprika
1 (15 1/2 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 1/2 oz) can diced tomatoes

Heat the oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for 4 minutes. Add uncooked rice and saute for 2 minutes. Stir in the broth and seasonings. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in the beans and diced tomatoes and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until heated through.

Makes 8 servings.


I have one copy of this cookbook to give away.  To enter the drawing please reply to this post and this post only.  For another chance to win the cookbook, please “LIKE” Gooseberry Patch on Facebook and let me know you have in your post.  If you have already “liked” them, just say so in your post.

The drawing will be held on December 23 and I will mail the cookbook after Christmas.   If I pick a winner and do not hear from the winner by December 27, I will pick a new winner.

Any questions, please send me an email ~ a_recipe_a_day at yahoo dot com.

Happy Cooking!

181 thoughts on “Spicy Black Beans and Rice and a NEW Gooseberry Cookbook Giveaway!

  1. You can get cherry fruit extract capsules for gout. Dehydrated cherries ground into a powder. They’ve done studies on tart cherries that have shown they helped gout, but anecdotal evidence suggests any kind of real cherry can help. In any case, black cherry fruit extract by NOW Foods is good for aches and pains as well, and arthritic inflammation. I used to order it 6 bottles at a time for my grandfather and he loved it, said it helped a lot.

    • Thank you for the info! I will look for them since I just had another bout last week. Part of my problem is that I am also diabetic and the diet I follow for that is directly opposite of the diet I should follow for the gout. Ugh!

  2. Can’t wait to try this recipe!! Looks Yummy!! Have you tried eating cherries for your gout, if you can’t find fresh cherries, you can also eat the cherries in a can. The canned cherries is what worked for my husband and a friend of his, when the medicine didn’t help. Hope you get better soon!

  3. The spicey black bean recipe looks very good. I enjoy the Gooseberry Cook Books. Would love to win this cookbook. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  4. Love Gooseberry Patch and the free download was wonderful because I couldn’t afford to get my annual Christmas Gooseberry Patch cookbook this year. Will have to try this recipe next week when I have time.

  5. I love black beans and spicy foods so this will be something I try. I ‘like’ Gooseberry Patch on facebook. I sure would love to win this cookbook!

  6. Hi, please enter my name in the recipe book giveaway! I’m an empty nester, but my daughter would love to have a copy of the book!

  7. Im really not a big fan of black beans but would love to try with a different bean such as pinto or kidney. I truly enjoy gooseberry’s stories in the cookbooks and have downloaded the free Christmas one onto my nook. Merry Christmas!

  8. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, I have already liked the page on Facebook and can’t wait to try out many more recipes from Gooseberry

  9. I have loved Gooseberry Patch for years and liked them on FB a long time ago. I would love to win this cookbook. What a great site you have!!! Thank you!

  10. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this cookbook! I totally love cooking, trying new recipes…. My dream someday is to have my own cookbook! Thank you for considering me for a copy if this one :-). Merry Christmas!!

  11. This’s looks so good, I will have to try it…the cookbook would be a nice Christmas gift for my family……because they would get to try all the recipes!!

  12. I’ve liked Gooseberry Pactch on Facebook. Hadn’t tried any of their recipes or even heard of them until a cousin sent me a recipe of theirs. I LOVED it and so did my family. Will be checking out their site and also your blog. Thanks!!

  13. Thanks so much for the recipes. I love trying new recipes and collect cookbook, I have since I was 17. Love gooseberry patch.

  14. this looks amazing! and easy! i cannot wait to make this, sounds like the ingredients i am always using around here, so this is going to be a breeze to make. i have everything on hand, might as well make it now and take to the family gathering, you know, something different!! Thanks for giving me the recipe!!

  15. Thank you very much for sharing the recipe! Glad I found you through the post Gooseberry Patch put on Facebook this morning! There should be a “LOVE” button instead of a “LIKE” button for Gooseberry Patch!!!

  16. I love this site and I already LIKE Gooseberry Patch. Have a great Christmas Nancy. Hope the third time is the charm on your gout medication.

  17. I have loved Gooseberry for a long time and have enjoyed many recipes! My daughter just got married and would love to win for her…since I can’t do without my cookbooks!

    Love having you on FB;)

  18. I am new to Gooseberry Patch and Nook. What a great combo for healthy recipies at home. Beans and rice are a favorite of mine and my cardiologist. I liked Gooseberry Patch on facebook and can’t believe how generous you folks are with your books and recipies. I currently have 4 and would love to add this book to my collection.

  19. I am already a friend on Facebook
    This recipe sounds great and I would love to win a copy of the book
    Merry Christmas to all!

  20. I am already a friend of GP on facebook and this recipe sounds great!
    Please enter my name for a chance at the cookbook
    Merry Christmas to all!

  21. I love Gooseberry Patch recipes – the black beans and rice looks good (and I’m hungry!!). Thanks for the giveaway opp 🙂

  22. Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are among my favorites and this looks like it would be a great addition to my collection! With a busy life filled with work and volunteer activities, finding quick and easy recipes to create would be a big help! Happy Holidays!!!

  23. This recipe sounds delicious. My husband would like it spicier so I would probably add some diced jalepeno pepper to it (for color too). I Love Gooseberry Patch and their cookbooks and this one looks like a winner.

  24. The Rush Hour Recipe cookbook sounds wonderful. My husband and I would love the recipes. I’ve also “liked” it in Facebook!

  25. You introduced me to the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks recipes, and I have really enjoyed them. I also “Like” the Gooseberry Patch FB page. Have a great holiday! … Kathie

  26. Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are great and one that has speedy recipes would really be welcome around here! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  27. I have noted that I like Gooseberry Patch on Facebook and I would LOVE this Rush Hour recipe cookbook. It would be an outstanding addition to my collection!

  28. Me, me. Pick me. Would love to have Santa choose this as part of my Christmas. Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and a blessed 2012. Jingle Bells!!

  29. I would love to win this cookbook!!! I love all the Gooseberry Cookbooks and I am a collector of them!!! Thanks for the chance! I also liked on Facebook!!!!

  30. When we were in the Carribean, we loved the beans and rice dishes too! And the jerk chicken – yummy! Would love to win this cookbook . Thank you for this opportunity. I’ve already “liked” Gooseberry Patch on Facebook!

  31. Hello, new to this – entering contests online, I hope that I am doing this right. I love gooseberry patch. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. Have a Blessed Day.

  32. I will be bookmarking your site, I really love having a slew of recipe websites to go along with my growing cookbook collection. I already like Gooseberry on facebook.

  33. Love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks, I already like them on Facebook. I am gonna try this recipe tonight for supper. Thank you for sharing.

  34. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks! They are so fun to look at and they have great recipes! My triplets especially love to cook from them.

  35. I would love to win this book! I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on facebook. Your rice looks delicious! Have a great day!

  36. This would be wonderful to have!! Since I have gone back to work and have two teens in the house, we are always rushing around. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    I have printed the recipe. Times are tight and Beans are a great inexpensive protein! Thanks!

  37. I love gooseberry patch I asked my husband for some cookbooks for Christmas! (of course he doesn’t mind me getting cookbooks it only benefits him!) I am a fan on FB

  38. I’ve already “liked” Gooseberry Patch on my facebook and would LOVE to have a copy of this new cookbook. Fast and delicious recipes are always what I’m searching for.

  39. I lived in the deep, deep south, also called the armpit of the Caribbean…. Key West, Florida. Home of the weird and not so weird and all things tropical.
    This recipe was a staple for us when living there and is quite a treat when I make it here. (I now live in the cold northeast!)
    Using the brown rice gives this dish more of a complete protein profile.
    I usually make from scratch ie soaking the beans overnight and slow cooking all days. I use almost to a “T” all the same ingredients you have listed.
    Love, Love, Love this dish.
    The only thing I can say needs adding is…… fried plantains.
    Nosh, nosh…. yum, yum.
    PS I love gooseberry. I already have a couple of their small cookbooks.

    PS I hope your gout is better soon. Colchicine is what my DH uses at the start of his attacks. It’s been the only thing that has ever helped him.

  40. I will definitely have to try this recipe! We like Beans and Rice around my house. I usually just throw together whatever I have on hand at the time. I don’t have a recipe that I follow so they never taste the same….some results are better than others! lol I would love to win a copy of Rush Hour Recipes.

  41. Wow, this looks fantastic! Can never get enough of the “southwest” type combos!
    I already like Gooseberry Patch on FB!
    Thanks for a great giveaway…

  42. I am from the Caribbean, will try this recipes….thanks for posting. As always, miss when you are not cooking. Be well and healthy for the holidays and beyond.

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