Rice and Beans with Bacon and Collard Greens

Ingredients (serves 2-3):

To Cook in the Rice Cooker:

To Prepare Separately:

Ingredients (serves 4-6):

To Cook in the Rice Cooker:

  • 2 cups (rice measuring cup) long grain white rice
  • 16 oz. low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. shallot, minced
  • 1 bay leaf, whole
  • 1/2 cup (rice measuring cup) mixed dried beans, soaked in water overnight
  • 2 strips bacon, cooked, drained of oil and chopped
To Prepare Separately:

  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup collard greens (may substitute with spinach), cooked, drained and roughly chopped
  • Hot pepper sauce (optional)

This recipe was developed for Zojirushi rice cooker models listed here. Adjustments may be necessary when using other models.

Measure rice accurately using the measuring cup that came with your rice cooker. Rinse rice quickly once, drain and place in the inner cooking pan.

Add chicken broth, thyme, pepper and shallot to the inner cooking pan and mix with rice using the rice spatula. 

Place bay leaf, beans and cooked bacon on top of rice. Do not mix with rice. Make sure that all ingredients are below liquid level. Cook the rice using the “MIXED” setting.

When rice completes cooking, discard bay leaf and gently fluff the rice with rice spatula.

Add diced tomatoes and collard greens, and toss gently with rice spatula. Serve immediately with optional hot pepper sauce.