Spanish Rice & Beans has become a staple in our house, and for good reason! The first time I made this recipe, my husband asked me not even an hour after he had finished off the first batch, “When are you going to make this again?!”
That’s when I knew it was a keeper!
If you’re looking for a recipe the whole family will enjoy, look no further. You’re in the right place. This recipe is sure to be a crowd favorite. And you, too, will enjoy how quick and easy it is to prepare!
How to Make Spanish Rice and Beans
Spanish rice and beans is yet another dish that has versatility written all over it (& versatility is key for maintaining simplicity):
- Prepare a burrito bowl by putting the rice and beans on a bed of lettuce and adding sauteed onions and peppers, free-range organic chicken, guacamole, salsa, etc.
- Pair the rice and beans with another healthy side (a vegetable, of course) and have a main dish, such as grass-fed, grass-finished grilled steak, or this incredible shredded chicken.
- Spanish rice and beans are delicious with simple scrambled eggs and avocado, or with an over easy egg on top, yolk running through the rice and beans.
- Does your salad need a little pizzazz? Add some Spanish rice and beans.
I think you can see where I’m going with this: this simple recipe can be paired with almost any meal!
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Let your imagination run wild, but before you do, be sure to check out the recipe below!
Spanish Rice & Beans
- 3 tbsp Coconut oil
- 1/2 cup organic green bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup organic red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 medium red onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup long-grain brown rice, uncooked
- 1 1/4 cup water
- 15 oz can organic Black beans (do not drain)
- 2 tsp Himalayan salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- Heat oil on medium heat, in a medium-sized pot or pan.
- Add onions and peppers and saute until onions are translucent and peppers are soft, about 10 minutes.
- Add garlic and saute another 2 minutes.
- Add rice, water, beans (do not drain), salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and bay leaf. Simmer on medium-low heat until the majority of the water has been absorbed, about 15-20 minutes.
- Cover pan (this is what cooks the rice) and simmer on low for 40 minutes, with no peaking or stirring!
- After 40 minutes, remove lid to stir. If any water still remains, continue stirring on low heat until rice is at desired consistency.
Editor’s Note: For best results, soak the long-grain brown rice overnight in the 1 1/4 cup water you will be using for cooking. DO NOT drain the water in the morning. When the recipe calls to add those ingredients, add them together. For best digestion, add a dash of Apple Cider Vinegar to the rice (and water) while it is soaking!
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What makes this Recipe so Unique and Delicious?
What makes this recipe unique and oh-so-delicious is the fact that the rice and beans are cooked together, not separately.
But what’s the big deal? Why does it matter?
The fact that the rice and beans are cooked together is meaningful for at least 2 reasons:
- It Matters for Flavor: The rice and beans are not placed together AFTER they’ve been cooked, but before. It’s the cooking of rice and beans together that makes their flavor so exquisite.
- It Matters for Health: Even more important than flavor are the health benefits of cooking rice and beans together! The primary health benefit that we receive from cooking rice and beans together is a complete vegetarian protein that is high in fiber.
- Why this Matters: This matters because there are 9 essential amino acids that are necessary to make up a complete protein. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and high-quality protein is necessary for a healthy body! “Essential amino acids” are amino acids that the body cannot make and must receive from an outside source (food). However, rice alone does not contain all 9 of these essential amino acids, and neither do beans. Rice is considered a grain-based protein and beans are considered plant-based protein. When you pair the two together, a grain-based protein (such as rice) with a plant-based protein (such as beans), the result is a complete protein, which contains the 9 essential amino acids that the body can only get from food sources!
- Meats, such as chicken and beef, and other animal products, such as eggs, are naturally complete protein (they contain all 9 essential amino acids). By pairing rice and beans together in cooking, you create a vegetarian protein source that is equal in complexity to that of an animal protein, such as meat. This means you can enjoy Spanish Rice and Beans (on a salad, for example) and rest assured that you’re still getting the same protein benefit as eating a chicken breast!
Editor’s Note: Spanish rice and beans freezes VERY well. Making one or two batches and freezing it can simplify your life even more. Keep Spanish rice and beans in your freezer to throw together a quick dinner on those busy afternoons and evenings.
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