Monday, December 3, 2012

Red Bean and Vegetable Pilaf

This was a fun wee creation a fusion of rice and beans with vegetables added, its great with a sliced boiled egg and would make a great packed lunch. 


  • one cup of basmati rice

  • 1/4 red onion chopped 

  • one can of red kidney beans 

  • one rasher of bacon

  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped

  • a handful of spinach

  • one carrot chopped

  • one cup of vegetable stock

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon of coriander 

  • 1/2 a tomato chopped


  1. cook with bacon till crispy and remove, cut into pieces and keep to one side

  2. heat a little olive oil and saute the onion and garlic for 5 minutes 

  3. add the spices, tomato and let it reduce down to a paste about 5 minutes, add the carrot, beans and spinach saute for 3 minutes, add bacon back in

  4. then add the rice and one cup of stock, turn to a simmer for 30 minutes 

  5. add water as needed in small amounts so it doesn't stick taste rice to see if its cooked

  6. enjoy 

Hope your weeks of to a great start I got some Christmas lights today with Jasmine, it looks pretty but quite a few more are needed :-)
Would love to see your lights feel free to add to the facebook wall or tweet me :-) 


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  1. Adding beans to dishes, especially veggie dishes, is always a nice way to fill them up.

  2. Yummy pilaf and includes lots of things I keep stocked in my kitchen. We haven't started decorating yet, but we did make a gingerbread house that got half-way done until we ran out of frosting due to my tasters :-)

    1. he he thats a fun story look forward to seeing the gingerbread house

  3. Nice and simple and, no doubt, delicious.

  4. Love the add of beans in rice pilaf. Yum!

  5. Ack! You just reminded me I was supposed to put Christmas lights up on the house this weekend!

    Yummy rice and beans :) Love the idea of eating it with egg...onnomnom

  6. Bella ricetta con il riso
    ciao :) un abbraccio

  7. This is great way to make rice a little less boring. and cumin is my favourite spice

  8. this is lovely I love pilaf Rebecca!

    I love Jasmine pic, sooo cute!!

  9. I love getting new rice dishes. Rice is something that everyone in my house will eat.

    So cute with Jasmine. My light hanging is a day by day project.

  10. My hubby told me he is going to put the light this week, one week is gone we will see when I can get it. Love this read bean vegetable pilaf. Looks like Jasmine is enjoying the lights.

  11. You just gave me a wonderful idea what should I cook for dinner tomorrow! Thanks, Rebecca! :)

  12. Nice pilaf Rebecca...
    Have a great week :)

  13. Your rice & beans dish, what a yummy combination.
    The picture of Jasmine is precious :)

  14. Sounds yumm ! Love red beans ( call them rajma in India :) !! Greta recipe. Will try this soon ! Yummm !

  15. Yummy! I love everything from the beans to the bacon and the awesome bright veggies in this rice. Looks great :)

  16. Delicious combination! Enjoy the season's beauty with those little ones ;)

    1. thanks your right such a special time of year with them

  17. i love the idea of eating this with an egg! sounds so delicious, and i have most of the ingredients on hand! yum!

  18. This would make for a great packed lunch-healthy too.


  19. Great recipe! I will have to try these

  20. I am a huge beans and rice fan,Rebecca!I love the addition of vegetables... It looks delicious!

  21. A lovely rice pilaf recipe! easy to make too!

    I love the little festive decorations that you already did outside your house: lovely!



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