Bowl of black beans and pineapple and rice

Quick Vegan Black Bean, Pineapple and Rice

Tonight’s quick meal: Black beans with pineapple and rice bowl… Maybe not the prettiest of dishes in world… But oh so… satisfying…Mmmmmmm!

This dish is very easy and pretty quick to make and the ingredients tend to be the simple/staple items you may have in your cupboard as a vegan (well, for our family!).

So this evening, I needed something super-quick as it was getting late for the family dinner and my entuhusiasm to stand cooking a culinary delight was waning.  I seem to be good to go up until 6pm, after which I slowly fall into the blank-face-open-fridge/cupboard-stare, following with the inevitable whine of: “What shall we have/what do YOU want to eat?”…
Bowl of black beans and pineapple and rice

Sweet, satisfying and super-fast to make!

And just before it became too bleak, a friendly black beans carton came to my rescue. ♥  I also had some pineapple sitting in the fridge which we had used with a meal the evening before, so suddenly, it was turning into a bit of a meal!  Now, I have used a fresh pineapple previously, and have to say, that it really does make a big difference to the taste. However, tonight’s meal had not been planned out, and so I had to go with the canned chopped organic version from our fridge – and it still turned out pretty fab!
The carton of organic black beans was low salt too, which was good (although I did add a pinch of salt to the mix, but I like that I am in control over how much I add.  Another ‘skip’ or cheat tonight was to use microwave to steam the rice.  With more time; preference would be to steam some rice in our steamer.   But speed was the need – for good food to get to our hungry tummies!

I cooked the rice first, and then drained the juice from the pineapple and mixed it with the cooked rice and let it soak for a while.
I’ve seen quite a lot of variations of black beans with rice and with pineapples before.  But I do like to add my own twist to them.  This one uses a little garlic salt, black pepper, bell pepper and lemon for contrast.  I also threw in a small amount of chopped red onion.
So here is tonight’s quick dish recipe (Total cooking time: Approx. 10 mins, although could be even faster, if happy with minimally cooked/raw pineapple!):

Ingredients:
  • 1½ cups of white rice (or 2 microwave/boil pkts – this made enough for 3 x bowls)
  • Can or fresh pineapple, chopped
  • 1 carton/can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • orange/red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red or white onion
  • 2 tbsp vegan margarine
  • 1 tsp/pinch of garlic salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Squeeze of lemon to taste
Method:
  1. Start with preparing and cooking the rice (especially if steaming).
  2. Pour the pineapple juice into the rice bowl to approx. 1 cup (if you have less, you can add some cold water to top it up – but not too much to dilute it).
  3. When rice is ready, add to the juice bowl to and let the rice marinade/steep.
  4. Melt the margarine in a large frying pan and cook the pepper and onions gently over medium heat.
  5. Stir in the black beans.
  6. Stir in the chopped pineapple (keep on low-medium heat).
  7. Pour in the rice with juice.  Stir and cook for approx. 3 more minutes.
  8. Add the salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Serve into bowls – you could add a little sprinkle of fresh cilantro if you have some to hand.

This recipe made at least 3 decent-sized bowls…We had 2 x bowls tonight and I saved the remainder (I would estimate (approx. 1 and ¼ bowls left) in the fridge, ready to add to some salad leaves for a cold salad lunch tomorrow!

Black bean leftover image

Leftovers go in fridge – to add to cold salad for next day’s lunch!

Alternatives:
  • If you like your pineapple a little well-cooked and crunchy:  Add it a little earlier, after adding the onions and bell peppers.
  • If you prefer your pineapple raw:  Just add over the top of the rice and beans, once ready in their serving bowls. (As it can be a bit of a smudgy-looking meal: this can make it more visually appealing!).

I also found a few good versions of this meal online as well as in my many recipe books, all having slight differences in ingredients etc. to this.  I will add links to this space shortly.

HAwaii palm trees image

Maui, Hawaii, Dec 2017

We LOVE this quick and easy meal…So satisfying on a cold grey day!  Makes me dream of Hawaii!  Aloha 🙂

 

 

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