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Delicious Beans and Rice
Me, sexy? I'm just plain ol' beans and rice. – Pam Grier, American Actress
Inexpensive and tasty, beans and rice are part of food traditions all over our beautiful planet. Contrary to the common misconception, you don't need to eat beans and rice in combination within one meal for your body to reap the benefit of the "complete" protein that consists of all 12 amino acids. A number of recent studies debunked this persistent myth. All you need to do is eat a wide variety of plants throughout the day. Whether you are a carnivore or a vegan, check out this fun page on how to become a protein pro from the University of California in Los Angeles.
It may be unnecessary nutritionally to combine them in a single meal, but it certainly is a very delicious thing to do. Beans may rest majestically on top of hot steamy rice, they may sit next to each other as separate parts of the meal, or they may arrive at the table already mixed together in casseroles or soups. No matter how you love to eat them, beans and rice are a healthy choice.
Keep your basic recipe interesting and varied by adding seasonal veggies - spinach and kale in spring, tomatoes and corn in summer and winter squash in the fall. Mix and match the ingredients with fresh herbs from your garden or window sill. If a recipe calls for meat and you are a vegetarian, sub in mountains of your favorite mushrooms. I love brown rice, but I also like to have some delicious fun with black, red, or yellow rice. Yellow rice usually achieves the vibrant color via saffron or turmeric, although there is one rice that is yellow because it was genetically engineered to biosynthesize beta carotene... somehow, that does not sound quite as delicious as rice that turns yellow from saffron so I’ll give that genetically engineered one a pass. Experiment a little with ingredients, it makes life more fun as well as delicious.
Two Ways with Gallo Pinto - is my favorite way to serve beans and rice. The post gives you one recipe for gotta cook fast nights and another for leisurely cookery.
Vegetarian Beans and Rice keeps it simple and delicious - a terrific basic recipe that can morphs easily from season to season.
Michael’s Speckled Puppy Beans are outstanding served over brown rice! The recipe makes enough to freeze in small containers for a great work lunch.
This delightful Caribbean Beans and Rice recipe came from a search using the Recipe search bar right here at Calorie Count!
Hollies Southwest Chicken Fried Rice is pure home cooking goodness.
Crazypotato98’s Hearty Bean and Rice Soup isn't just for cold weather! Soup is another wonderful inexpensive food to make and put in containers for individual reheating.
Vegetarian Times created a wonderful recipe based on the national dish of Brazil - Feijoada. Give Vegan Feijoada a taste and you'll be hooked!
Let my friend Gabi, the BrokeAss Gourmet show you how to create a little bean and rice magic with Rice Cakes Over Black Bean Puree with Mango Avocado Relish and Fried Plantains!
What is your favorite bean to eat with rice? Do you use dried beans or do you always use cans? What is your favorite type of rice? Have you tried black or purple rice? Would you eat the GMO yellow rice? Share your favorite rice and bean recipe with everyone here. If you would like to have your recipe considered for CC Palate, please send it to me via pm. This article may be reprinted (including bio) with prior permission from the author.