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Black Bean and Rice:

Budget Friendly and Veggie Loaded

Foodie Lit

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Delicious, great for the budget, and so healthy! The base recipe is the classic Black Beans and Rice, loaded up with veggies. Have half a carrot or zucchini? Chop it up and throw it in! A corn on the cob! Add that too. This expandable recipe uses up those vegetables in the refrigerator and keeps its delicious taste.


The secret ingredient here is the red wine vinegar. Adds a special flavor that makes this black beans and rice the best I’ve ever made! This is a vegan recipe to which you can add ground meat. Recipe is below.


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Black Beans and Rice:

Budget Friendly and Veggie Loaded


Serves 6


1 small onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

8-10 cherry tomatoes, halved

2 tablespoons tomato or spaghetti sauce

1/2 cup broth

3-4 fresh basil leaves, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried basil

3 sprigs oregano or 1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 cup white wine

1-14 ounce can black beans

2 teaspoon red wine vinegar

2 teaspoons sugar

Salt and Pepper to taste.

1 cup brown rice or favorite rice, cooked according to package instructions


  1. Sauté onions in a large skillet over medium heat until transparent. Add garlic and cherry tomatoes. Stir for a few minutes. If you are adding other vegetables, add here.

  2. Add tomato or spaghetti sauce, broth, herbs and white wine. Bring mixture to a boil and then turn down to simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring to keep from sticking to pan.

  3. Add bean and stir to combine. Add red wine vinegar and sugar. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, and adding more broth or water if needed.

  4. Taste and adjust seasoning.

  5. Serve with brown rice.


Expandthetable suggestions

Add other veggies: 1 small zucchini or yellow squash, chopped; 4 ounces mushrooms, rough chopped; kernels from 1 corn cob; 1 bell pepper, chopped; 1/2 cup peas, fresh or frozen; matchstick chopped carrots; 1 cup fresh chopped spinach or 1/2 cup frozen spinach, drained

Other grains: Use farrow or quinoa

Meaty:  Add 1 pound ground beef, chicken or turkey, when you are sautéing garlic and cherry tomatoes. Cook until browned and continue with rest of recipe

Homemade Black Beans: Cook your own black beans, following package instructions. Best to soak the day before to save some time. 1/2 cup equals a 14 ounce can of cooked beans. Make extra and freeze for future use.

Tip: Bake leftovers in puff pastry squares or triangles. Brush with egg wash. Bake at 375 F for 20 minutes or until pastry is golden.

Suggested Menu

Olive, Cheese Tomato Salad  

Black Beans and Rice

Peach Cobbler  

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