Easy Plant-Based Meals: Rice and Beans and SO Much More!


I want to share with you today one of my favorite meals.  We call it Rice and Beans but seriously, that title doesn’t do it justice.  We aren’t just eating Rice and Beans here!  How bland!  We are eating rice, and beans, and beautifuly colored vegetables.  This has to be one of the prettiest plant-based meals we eat!  While I share with you the basic ingredients we include this is really one of those meals that you can customize based on whatever you have on hand!  We like to use this one when we know we better eat up the food in the vegetable drawer before it all goes bad.

How do the kids like it? Well, it depends on who you ask.  Ezra adores it, Noah would rather not but in the end he does eat it up, and Joyanna picks through her favorite parts… which we put a lot of on her plate just to make sure she is full.

Want to know what truly makes this meal?  The avacado!  OH MAN!  That is MY favorite part and I basically insist we include that EVERY time!  Avacado just makes it so pretty and yummy! You’ll see a pouty Momma if we are missing the avacado!

  • 2 cups cooked rice (we used a basmati and wild rice blend)
  • 15oz red kidney beans
  • 1/2 onion sliced (red, yellow or white all work fine)
  • 1 red pepper sliced
  • 1 cup sliced baby portobello mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cucumber sliced
  • 1 avocado chopped

Cook rice in pot as directed.  On a skillet over medium heat, add mushrooms and about 1/3 of a cup of water,  garlic, onions, and peppers.  Water saute these until the peppers start to soften.  Add the beans to skillet and heat for about another 5 minutes.  Dish rice onto plates and top with cooked veggies. You can add chopped tomatoes or salsa as well.  Add cucumber and avocado on top and serve.


What do you think, what veggie would you add to this dish?


  1. This looks delicious! I’d probably add some carrot and broccoli. 🙂

    I’m definitely pinning this recipe. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  2. This looks like a recipe my husband might like! I can’t eat beans any longer, but he sure does love them! 😉

  3. Looks great, but not sure my daughter would go for it. We have considered going meatless over the years and this would be a great recipe to add to the list.

  4. This looks and sounds delicious. I like the idea of adding the vegetables to rice and you can spruce that up in so many ways so one doesn’t get bored of it.

  5. I personally don’t think I would alter your recipe at all!! During the summer we eat a lot of meatless meals! I am thankful for a fresh garden during those months!

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