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Best Rice and Beans Recipes

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Bored of beans and rice? Here's several ways to make your boring vegetarian rice and beans seem new and fresh again. Rice and beans are a healthy high-fiber choice, and are great for vegetarians and vegans on a budget and eating cheap meals.

1. Italian-seasoned rice and beans

With just five ingredients including beans, tomatoes, rice and Italian seasoning, this is a quick and easy homemade meal. If you have some fresh basil, that'd go well in this simple recipe too. The recipe calls for instant rice, so this is one dish you really can have on the table in five minutes flat. Add a side green salad or some steamed vegetables, and you've got a complete vegetarian and vegan meal.

2. Caribbean Rice and Beans

There's as many ways to eat Caribbean rice and beans as there are countries in the Caribbean, but this is a quick, simple and delicious preparation with plenty of seasonings, including onion, pepper, hot sauce and garlic. An extra squeeze of lime gives it that little kick it needs. This simple rice and bean recipe makes a full vegetarian meal on it's own. Add extra hot sauce to make it as fiery as you can possibly stand.

3. Brown rice and beans with pineapple

Like many meatless rice and beans recipes, this one could be either a meal or a side dish, depending on your tastes and how hungry you are! Made with instant brown rice, chickpeas and diced pineapple in an orange dressing, this recipe would go well with just about any type of vegetarian meal. Gobble them up warm, or chill completely before serving as a rice salad. All of the ingredients are vegan and gluten- and wheat-free.

4. Frijoles negroes - Mexican black beans

Cooked from scratch, these homemade black beans are cooked with green bell peppers, cumin, oregano, garlic and a bit of vinegar. One person who tried and reviewed these black beans called this recipe "foolproof" and said "Until now the beans I made had been bland, these are well tasty on their own," and used them to fill up homemade Mexican bean burritos. Sounds good to me!

5. Rice, black bean and vegetable soup recipe

Another way to make homemade rice and beans? Add some vegetables and make a soup! This recipe, inspired by Southwestern cuisine, is made with canned tomatoes, fresh zucchini, canned corn and black beans.

6. Cuban black beans with mango

Depending on where you live, adding mangoes to your beans and rice may not be an option. If you're eating rice and beans because you're on a budget and looking for cheap and easy meals, mangos can be a little pricey. Perhaps try pineapple, which, though not as authentically Cuban, will still give you a sweet texture with your dish, which will compliment the spiciness of the hot sauce just as well as the mango.

7. Rice and bean casserole

Most vegetarian rice and bean recipes are prepared stove-top, but this recipe puts them together in a baked casserole dish, along with a few veggies and seasonings. Because this recipe uses leftover or pre-cooked rice and canned beans, you can get it in the oven just as soon as you chop up the vegetables.

8. Rice and bean burrito

A vegetarian rice and bean burrito is another fun way to vary your rice and beans, and, good news - flour tortillas are vegan and super cheap as well. Add on a bit of cheese if you're not vegan, some chopped lettuce and a bit of hot sauce and you're good to go.

9. More vegetarian recipes

Loving trying out all these delicious rice and beans recipes? Browse through hundreds of vegetarian and vegan recipes, including dinner ideas, ethnic recipes from across the globe, fat-free and low-calorie vegetarian recipes and everything you need to plan healthy and filling vegetarian meals.
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