Life is busy, you want to eat healthy, you want food that tastes good, you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen making healthy food that tastes good, so what should you do? Two words: Beans and Rice. I’ve been incredibly busy lately, and this food blogger needed something fast, easy, and healthy to make for my ravenous husband, so I made my go to meal, beans and rice with veggies.
Dinner doesn’t get any more basic and lively than this. Basic, because it’s made with five whole foods that will nourish and satisfy you and your family. Lively, because it’s filled with spices and color that makes an otherwise visually boring dish, strikingly appetizing.
Let’s talk about what’s in this recipe. The base of this healthy dinner begins with black beans and brown rice. Black beans are filled with protein and fiber, and they add an earthy flavor and a creamy texture. Brown rice is also a good source of protein and fiber, so you’re covered in those departments. Layer it with more nutrients, add red bell pepper, onion, and spinach, then sprinkle in the magic. Chili powder, cumin, turmeric, black pepper, and sea salt, not only jazz up the flavor, they lend their own health benefits. This is one of the most delicious well rounded recipes ever, folks.
Additionally, this is an inexpensive way to feed your family a healthy and complete meal. All of the ingredients are easy to obtain and affordable. You could double or triple the amount and have enough for the week. Serve it as a side dish with this veggie burger, or pack it for a healthy plant-based lunch.
How to Make Beans and Rice with Vegetables
Open a can of black or red beans and drain and rinse them. Cover with water and bring to a boil, then add chili powder, cumin, turmeric, and black pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Chop the onion and bell pepper and sauté until they’re tender. Add vegetable broth and rice to the veggies, cover, and simmer until done.
Fold in the beans and add some fresh cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.
That’s it, easy, fast, affordable, healthy, and delicious food for you and your family in less than thirty minutes. You’re welcome.
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