Perfect for Summer Black Bean & Rice Salad

Welcome Kelli Wilkins. She is our guest cook in the kitchen.
Perfect for Summer Black Bean & Rice Salad
A friend of mine served this at a picnic and got dozens of requests for the recipe. This simple and delicious dish is perfect for a hot summer day, travels easily, and works with chicken, fish, hot dogs, and burgers – or it can stand alone as a quick summer lunch.
2 15 oz cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups cooked rice (white or brown)

2 scallions,
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
1 jalapeno or other chili pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
1 can of corn (optional)
2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
juice from 1 lime
Cook and drain the rice, then let it cool. In a large mixing bowl, combine beans, rice, scallions, tomatoes, cucumber, corn (drained) and jalapeno. Blend in the oil, lime juice, cilantro, and seasonings. Be sure to mix everything well.
Chill for at least 1 hour before serving. Serves about 6.
Want to spice it up even more? Add a ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper and/or dark chili powder to the mix.
If you’re having lots of people over, make two batches or double the recipe. Enjoy!

To celebrate the season, I’m sharing a look at my summer romance, A DECEPTIVE MATCH. This steamy contemporary romance novel is set in the world of professional wrestling.

Falling for the wrestler she had been assigned to interview wasn’t part of Danni’s plan, until Vinnie Valentine pinned her heart in a flash.

Disgruntled with her job as the office assistant for a national sports magazine, Danni Stone impersonates a reporter to prove herself to her boss. Her assignment? Spend thirty days on the road with Vinnie Valentine, a sexy professional wrestler.

Life isn’t going well for the Heavyweight Champ. Vinnie is struggling with a manipulative boss, prepping for the most important match of his career, and feuding with his arch-enemy, Thorn. The last thing he needs is a nosy reporter following him around—even if she is hot.

Thrown together in close quarters, Danni can’t help falling for Vinnie, and she unwittingly becomes a key player in his title match. Their mutual attraction grows, and late one night, they give in to the lustful feelings they’ve been fighting.
As their relationship deepens, Danni considers telling Vinnie her secret. But before she can confess the truth, Vinnie discovers she isn't the reporter she claims to be. Her lie threatens to ruin everything between them. Will their relationship be destroyed by her deception or will their love win out?

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Enjoy the summer!
Kelli A. Wilkins

Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, 5 non-fiction books, and 2 online writing courses. Her romances span many genres and heat levels, and she’s also been known to scare readers with her horror stories.
Her historical romance, Dangerous Indenture, was released in March 2019. This full-length novel is set in Pennsylvania Colony and blends a sensual romance with mystery and suspense. Look for another historical romance, The Viking’s Witch, coming in July.

She published the second half of her flash fiction series, Cupid’s Schemes, in early 2019. These two volumes of lighthearted mini-romances are perfect reads for a quick lunchtime escape or an after-work indulgence.

Kelli released her latest Teachable mini-course, Fiction Basics: Finding Ideas in February 2019. She authored Fiction Writing for Beginners through Teachable in 2018. These courses are perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to write. Visit: for more details.

If you like horror fiction, don’t miss her novella, Nightmare in the North.
Not just an author, Kelli is also an amateur photographer. Visit her pages on Shutterstock and iStock to view her photos.

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This sounds yummy Kelli, thank you for sharing. 


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