Meatless Monday: Easy Rice + Beans

Hello and happy Monday!  Today I have a SUPER EASY, super satisfying meatless meal to share with you all in honor of Meatless Monday.   While I do love to cook, most nights I want something quick, healthy, and tasty.  This dish is one of my favorite, easy weeknight meals.

Rice and beans is a staple dish in many parts of the world, and for a good reason!  This combo is cheap but also very nutritious - there's tons of protein and fiber which help you stay full and energized. 

Not only is this meal easy to throw together and super nutritious, but it also makes great leftovers.  I made it yesterday and plan to have it for lunch for the next few days.  Not a huge fan of eating the same thing more than once?  Not to fear!  I've also given you some suggestions on how to serve this dish a few different ways.

Easy Rice + Beans (Vegan, Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Soy Free)

- 2 cans black beans, rinsed

- 4 cups cooked brown rice (I used 2 packs of the Trader Joe's precooked frozen rice)

- 1/4 large white onion (about 1 cup), chopped

- 1 red bell pepper, diced

- 3/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped 

- 1 tsp cumin

- cayenne

- salt & pepper

- olive oil

 

Instructions:

Sauté onion in a little olive oil over medium heat until translucent (about 5 minutes). Sprinkle with salt, pepper, cumin and cayenne (if desired). 

Add black beans and rice to the pot, cover, and reduce the heat to medium-low.  Remove the stem and seeds from the red bell pepper and dice.  Wash, dry, and roughly chop the cilantro.  Add red pepper and cilantro to the pot and mix until combined.  That's it!  You are done!

Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.  I added some hatch green chile salsa for an extra kick. I also added avocado, because I add avocado to pretty much everything these days

This makes 4 hearty servings (or 5-6 smaller servings).  You can eat as is (bowl style!) or mixed in with some sautéed greens, wrapped in a tortilla, or warmed up with a fried egg (huevos rancheros style).

 

The thing I love most about this whole dish is that it comes together in less than 30 minutes (if you have the rice pre-cooked or buy the pre-cooked version from TJs).  A meal that's quick, healthy, and tastes great - what's not to love?

Do you participate in Meatless Mondays?  What's your favorite easy, meatless meal?

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