Don't let the word "peas" fool you—many island dwellers refer to kidney beans as peas, and they're a very important part of this classic Jamaican rice and peas dish. Even better: this classic dish, which is flavored by garlic, thyme, and allspice is low in fat but still high in fiber, protein, and calcium. Eat it on its own or pair it with your favorite green veggies and a side of protein for a well-rounded (healthy!) meal. 

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Yield:
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 cup)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine the first 7 ingredients (through garlic) in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil. Stir in rice; reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook 20 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Remove pan from heat; remove the thyme sprigs and garlic, and discard. Gently stir in the beans. Cover and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

363 calories; fat 5g; saturated fat 5g; mono fatg; poly fatg; protein 13g; carbohydrates 66g; fiber 11g; iron 3mg; sodium 323mg; calcium 46mg.