My husband and I really love Dave Ramsey, and if you’ve ever read his books or listened to his show the phrase “Beans and rice, rice and beans” is probably all too familiar. Of course when Dave talks about beans and rice, what he is really saying is bare bones, not eating out, etc. He isn’t really saying that you should only eat beans and rice…and neither am I, but I do think you should give them a chance.
Before you get your pitchforks and wave your torches to burn against beans and rice let’s talk about their nutritional value.
According to livestrong.com a serving of kidney beans and rice has:
419 calories, 81.5 g of total carbohydrates and only 1.5 g of total fat. One serving provides 27 percent of the recommended daily value (DV) for carbohydrates (based on a daily diet of 2,000 calories). White rice has a medium impact on blood sugar (glycemic index of 58), but that’s balanced against the low impact of kidney beans (glycemic index of 52). The total fat includes only 0.2 g of saturated fat and a good amount of heart-healthy fatty acids. Beans and rice have 0.33 g of omega-3 fatty acids (20.6 percent of the recommended intake for men and 30 percent for women) and 0.31 g of omega-6 fatty acids (1.8 percent of daily intake for men and 2.6 percent for women).
Follow the link if you want more information, but beans and rice are packed full of the vitamins and nutrients we need, and incorporating them into our diet on a more regular basis could have positive effects of our health and our checkbooks.
Now, beans and rice can sound pretty boring, but it doesn’t have to be! If you are brave try adding a beans and rice dish to your meals once a week, try one of the recipes that I use regularly, or turn to our great friend the internet search engine to find new ideas.
First off something simple.
Beans and Rice Tacos
1 can black beans
1 can pinto or kidney beans
1 cup instant brown rice
1 taco seasoning packet
Your regular taco toppings
Cook rice as directed on it’s package, rinse the beans and add them along with the taco seasoning, warm through.
It’s simple, it’s quick, you can add more rice if you need too, and these tacos are more filling then your average taco dinner. In my opinion it usually needs a bit of taco sauce to give it a fuller flavor, but that’s up to your taste-buds to decide.
Black Beans and Coconut Rice
1 cup coconut flakes
1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
1 small yellow onion
1 bell pepper
1 can black beans
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 can coconut milk
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
Prepare rice as directed on packaging, I like to use half water and half coconut milk to give it a fuller flavor.
Bake coconut flakes in oven at 350 for about 10 minutes or until toasted
Chop the onion and pepper and saute in a little olive oil and the spices.
Add black beans to the onion and pepper along with 1/2 cup water and allow to cook on medium heat for about 15 minutes
In a bowl place the rice, the juice of the lime, cilantro and coconut. Mix well
Serve the beans over the rice and add any desired topping like sour cream or mango.
And the last one isn’t mine so I will just link you to it
Black Bean and Mango Salsa <- rice isn’t part of the recipe but I like adding some rice to make it more filling
What are your favorite beans and rice recipes??