Better Beans and Rice

Serves 6

10 Minute Prep Time

By Morgan Shupe on January 25, 2016 , categorized in Dinner

beans and rice

Beans and rice don’t have to be plain. Give this weeknight meal an upgrade with vegetables and herbs to have even picky eaters asking for seconds.


  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 yellow onion, small dice
  • 2 stalks celery, small dice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, small dice
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 (16oz) can black beans
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped


  1. Sauté onions in oil for 6 minutes or until translucent. Add celery, garlic and green pepper. Sauté for an additional 5 minutes.

  2. Add in tomato paste, oregano, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly.

  3. Add in beans, rice and stock. Bring to a boil. Cover with lid, lower heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until rice is cooked through.

  4. Stir in parsley. Fluff rice with a fork and allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Morgan Shupe

Morgan Shupe is a Vancouver chef, freelance recipe developer and regular contributor to Vega’s Expert Panel. Her amazingly delicious plant-based recipes for meals and smoothies are well-renowned at the Vega HQ kitchen—where she was formerly Vega’s Chef.