Having encouraged my other half to adopt meat free Monday I’m having to keep on my toes to ensure I have him hooked. This isn’t because I can’t cook vegetarian food but because he doesn’t like anything he classes as mushy i.e. lentils or spicy i.e. curry (unless it’s tikka masala). A spicy lentil dahl is one of my favourite vegetarian meals so this makes things a little tricky. Step in rice and beans. It may not be the most beautiful dish but it’s deliciously filling and bursting with flavour (and not spicy).
I am so in love with this dish I can’t even tell you. I made it as an experiment and it turned out so good I just had to share. It’s perfect served with some steamed greens or a big green salad to make a fairly well balanced, plant based, satisfying meal in less than 30 minutes.
Rice and Beans
1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil (You can use any oil but I’m just keeping the theme going)
1 Medium White Onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of Garlic, crushed
1 cup of Brown Basmatti Rice
2 cups of Cooked Black Beans*
3-4 sprigs of Fresh Thyme
1 Bay Leaf
1 teaspoon of Salt
½ teaspoon of Black Pepper
½ teaspoon of Ground All Spice
1 can of Coconut Milk (I use this one from Biona)
1 cup of Water
*If you’re cooking the black beans from scratch add 1 cup of dried Black Beans into 3 cups of cold water. Bring to the boil and then reduce to a simmer for approximately 2 hours. Just check the individual packet instructions in case this differs.
- Place a heavy based pot over a medium heat. Add the coconut oil and allow to melt and heat through. Then add in the onion and salt and cook for 5 minutes or so until soft.
- Add in the garlic and cook for a further 2-3 minutes, don’t let it burn.
- The next step is hard, add in all the remaining ingredients. Give it a good stir, place the lid on the pot and bring to simmer, the lower the heat so that it just gently bubbles away.
- Cook for approximately 20 minutes or until all of the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is nice and tender. Just check every now and then to make sure the mixture doesn’t go dry. Then remove from the heat, keep the lid on and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
- After 5 minutes fluff the rice up and serve with your side of choice, I recommend greens!
Enjoy! x x