7 Best Vegetarian Rice and Beans Recipes

Black Beans and Rice
Black Beans and Rice. Carl Tremblay / Getty Images

Bored of beans and rice? Here are several ways to make vegetarian rice and beans taste new and fresh again. Rice and beans are a healthy high-fiber choice, and are great for vegetarians and vegans on a budget and eating cheap meals.

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    With just five ingredients including beans, tomatoes, rice and Italian seasoning, these white beans with rice are a quick and easy homemade meal. If you have some fresh basil, that'd go well with this simple recipe too. The recipe calls for instant rice, so this is one dish you really can have on the table in five minutes flat. Add a side green salad or some steamed vegetables, and you've got a completely vegetarian and vegan meal.

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    A vegetarian rice and bean burrito is another fun way to vary your rice and beans, and, good news - flour tortillas are vegan and super cheap as well. Add on a bit of cheese if you're not vegan, some chopped lettuce and a bit of hot sauce and you're good to go.

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    There are as many ways to eat Caribbean rice and beans as there are countries in the Caribbean, but this recipe for black beans and rice is a quick, simple and delicious preparation with plenty of seasonings, including onion, pepper, hot sauce, and garlic. An extra squeeze of lime gives it that little kick it needs. This simple rice and bean recipe makes a full vegetarian meal on its own. Add extra hot sauce to make it as fiery as you can possibly stand.

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    Cooked from scratch, these homemade black beans are cooked with green bell peppers, cumin, oregano, garlic and a bit of vinegar. One person who tried and reviewed these black beans called this recipe "foolproof" and said "Until now the beans I made had been bland, these are well tasty on their own," and used them to fill up homemade Mexican bean burritos. 

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    Most vegetarian rice and bean recipes are prepared stove-top, but this recipe puts them together in a baked casserole dish, along with a few veggies and seasonings. Because this recipe uses leftover or pre-cooked rice and canned beans, you can get it in the oven just as soon as you chop up the vegetables.

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    The use of canned pink beans shortens the recipe prep time in this classic Caribbean rice and bean dish. The unique flavor of this dish is powered by sofrito, a blend of herbs and spices used to season countless dishes in Latin Caribbean. 

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    Rice and beans don't have to be served warm. Try this black bean and rice salad, perfect as a side dish for picnics and summer meals. A lime juice dressing gives this salad a wonderful, zesty flavor.

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