Spanish Beans

In our house, this is a main course. We might have a green salad with it, but often it's a standalone. It's got vegetables in it, after all.
Others might prefer it as a side.

1 c chopped onion
1 c chopped green pepper
2 tsp chopped garlic
1-and-½ tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried thyme leaves
½ tsp crushed red pepper (I used cayenne)
1 bay leaf
1 tb olive oil
1 c brown rice
3 c diced tomatoes
3 c cooked black beans (or one large can)
2 c water
1 tb apple cider vinegar
½ tsp black pepper

Sauté first seven ingredients in oil about 5 min. 
Add remaining ingredients, bring to boil, then simmer, covered, till rice is tender (about 45 min).

Ready to simmer for 45 minutes and cook the rice.

For extra flavour I sauté the uncooked rice as well as the onion, pepper and garlic. I also mix wild rice in with the brown rice.