Easy, Quick, and Frugal Beans & Rice

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One of my favorite answers to “What are we having for dinner?” is beans and rice. It can be ready in a half-hour, it doesn’t require me to have remembered to thaw anything, and it can use fresh or frozen and home-canned ingredients, depending on the season and what I have on hand.

It’s meatless and can be vegetarian, or vegan, as necessary.

And it makes enough for leftovers — which conveniently solves the “What are we having for dinner?” question two nights in a row! 🙂

Easy, Quick, and Frugal Beans and Rice / Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers


Start by making the rice first. Add 1 cup of plain, white rice to a pot. Add the amount of water (or bone broth) indicated in the directions that come with the rice (usually 2 cups.)

Then add:

1 tsp sea salt (I like this kind)

1 tsp Mexican oregano; if you can’t find Mexican oregano, regular (or Mediterranean) oregano will work fine

1 tsp chili powder (like this)

1/4 tsp garlic powder (like this)

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Bring to a boil and simmer for approximately 20 minutes, as per the directions on the rice.

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While the rice is cooking, cut up and saute two red (or orange or yellow) peppers, and one green pepper. I prefer to cook my pepper in a dry, hot pan and singe them a little bit. (If you are using peppers you froze during Pepper Season, put them in after the onions are cooked; there is no need to cook them again; they can even be added partly frozen.)

Chop 2-3 medium onions.

When the peppers are cooked, remove them from the pan and add some butter (I like Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter) or another other oil of your choice, and saute the onions.

When the onions are cooked, add the peppers and about 30 ounces of cooked, canned beans, slightly drained, but not rinsed. Obviously home made is best; I don’t have a pressure canner, and the entire point of this dinner is to be something that can be thrown together without a lot of planning. I usually make do with canned, organic beans from the grocery store!

Also add a handful of fresh tomatoes, or a pint of home canned tomatoes, drained. Please do not use store-bought canned tomatoes. The acidity of the tomatoes can cause all sorts of nasties to leach out of the plastic can liner; if you can find them, tomatoes out of a jar would probably be okay.

Cook over low heat until everything is warmed through.

Beans and Rice instructions / Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Once the rice is cooked, give it a good fluff with a fork to stir in the spices and add it to the beans and vegetable mixture. It all fits beautifully into my big, 12-inch cast iron pan.

I like to serve it with homemade yogurt on the side.

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23 Responses to Easy, Quick, and Frugal Beans & Rice

  1. April says:

    Thank you for linking up to Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up Last week. I hope you stop by and join us again this week. Your Beans and Rice recipe looks great! http://www.aprilshomemaking.com/2014/03/meal-planning-monday-recipe-link-up-2.html

    • onceuponatimeinabedofwildflowers says:

      Thanks! 🙂
      I just finished linking up my Real Food Shamrock Shake… ’cause it’s St. Patrick’s Day! 😉
      But I’ll be sure to bring the Beans & Rice next week!

  2. Marla says:

    Great recipe. Sounds healthy and looks so good. Thanks for sharing. I love the idea of serving homemade yogurt on the side – should go very well with this dish. Visiting from Healthy Happy Green & Natural Blog Hop!

  3. Carie Spence says:

    I just made a batch of this the other day but I love that you use mexican oregano. Looks delish!!

  4. i just love healthy and easy recipes. this looks yummy!
    now i’m going to have to try it out asap!

    happy wednesday~

    p.s. love your super awesome blog!

  5. I love your blog so I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award! Check it out –> http://taylormaderanch.com/blog/ive-been-nominated-for-a-liebster-award/

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  6. Hi Christine,
    Rice and Beans are my favorite comfort food and your recipe looks so good to eat. I am so glad you shared this healthy and delicious recipe on the Healthy, Happy, Green & Natural Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

  7. Nancy W says:

    This recipe looks yummy, pining it to try later! Thanks for sharing your post on the HomeAcre Hop, hope to see you tomorrow! – Nancy The Home Acre Hop

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  9. Marla says:

    Great recipe and sounds so simple to make. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Friday Blog Hop!

  10. Thanks for linking up and sharing on Mostly Homemade Mondays! We’re so glad you joined us, and look forward to seeing what you link up next week 🙂

    Kelli @ The Sustainable Couple

  11. April says:

    Thank you for sharing this recipe on Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up. 🙂 I hope you stop by and join us again this week! http://www.aprilshomemaking.com/2014/04/meal-planning-monday-recipe-link-up-5.html

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  13. lisa M says:

    This looks so good! Pinned it! Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday…..hope you’ll join us again.


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