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Glorified Rice and Beans

Been experimenting with more vegetarian dinners these days and this is a family staple.  Rice and beans sounds boring but with all the fun extras, it’s an awesome dish.  Beware of your portions of the rice and beans.  For my weight loss clients, I only recommend 3/4 cup total of the brown rice and beans.  Load up on all the veggies and avocado to fill you up.


  • Cooked brown rice (I use a rice cooker or utilize directions on the bag)
  • Cooked black beans (rinse canned beans or cooked dried beans)
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Cumin
  • Sea salt

In a pot, add cooked brown rice and beans, 1:1 ratio.  Drizzle in some olive oil, 1 tsp or so of cumin and salt as desired.  Mix well and warm up on the stove.

Fun Healthy Topping Options:

  • 1-2 bell peppers, sliced and sauteed
  • 1 onion, sliced and sauteed
  • Avocado, diced
  • Lettuce or cabbage, finely chopped
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Green onions, chopped
  • Hot sauce or fresh salsa

This is a great vegetarian dish but if you crave some animal protein, great additions are chicken, fish, shrimp, fried eggs, or steak.


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