California Beans & Rice is a great recipe for hot summer days when you just don’t want to heat up the house with the oven. Depending on what is most readily available and affordable, you can use more avocados or tomatoes depending on what is on sale and most readily available. A little shredded chicken also goes well in this if you want this to be a more substantial meal. The leftover chicken from Country Chicken Noodle Soup would be perfect for this. This could also be tossed together like a salad and served with a vinaigrette, or served in individual dishes of rice with the other ingredients used as toppings. I have also heard this dish called “California Sushi,” with the ingredients used to make meatless sushi rolls using pita bread or lettuce wraps which would be perfect served as an appetizer at a summer barbecue.

California Beans & Rice
2-3 cups cooked rice
2 cans black beans, rinsed
2 avocados, cubed (place in lemon water to prevent browning)
2 tomatoes, cubed
2-3 diced green onions
1 lb chicken, shredded (optional)
Sour cream
Salsa
Pita bread (optional)
Directions: Spread in layers or rings on a platter, place sour cream and salsa in middle. Serve with Pita Bread if desired.