This is from the gluten and dairy free September 2009 freezer menu.  Enjoy!

The Recipe: Black Beans & Brown Rice


  • 2 cups brown rice, uncooked
  • 60 ounces canned black beans, 4 14.5 oz cans – drain and rinse 2 cans, but keep the liquid from the other 2 cans
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 6 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 bunches chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup gluten free salsa
  • 1 cup dairy free “cheese” sauce of choice, warmed enough to pour


  • Steam or cook brown rice according to package directions.
  • Heat black beans (including liquid from four cans) in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Chop onion and cilantro, mince garlic, and place all in a saucepan and sauté. After beans have heated for 20 minutes, add sautéed ingredients and salsa and stir into black beans. Divide cooked rice among 2 8×8 baking pans. Pour black bean concoction over rice and drizzle “cheese” sauce on top.
  • Cover with foil and freeze.
  • To serve: Thaw. Bake covered for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. Double baking time if not thawed.