Healthy Brown Rice and Pinto Beans Meal

Here is a new recipe I just created with the help of a fellow Twitter Person @irenehisle.  This is a variation of her recipe and written with her permission.

Pinto Beans

The night before you are going to want this meal soak the beans in water along with 1 tablespoon of baking soda.  Make sure to have plenty of water because the beans will swell.  Cook as many beans as you want and freeze any leftovers for later use.  The next day, rinse the beans well and drain off all the water.  Put the beans in a pressure cooker and cover with water at least 2 to 3 inches.  Add in salt and pepper.  Cook the beans for 20 minutes after you hear the kettle start to whistle.

Brown Rice Recipe


1 1/2 cups boiling water
3/4 cups brown rice
1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium size onion, chopped
Salt and pepper for seasoning


Put the boiling water in a baking dish and then add in the bell pepper and onion.  Rinse the rice well in water and add it to the boiling water mixture.
Season the rice well and cover the entire dish with aluminum foil.  Place in a very hot preheated 450 degree oven and bake for 40 minutes.

How to prepare the meal

Place 3 cups beans in a large skillet with enough liquid.  Heat the beans to boiling and then add in the rice mixture.  Add in 6 drops of hot sauce for more flavor along with some salt and pepper.  Mix the rice and beans together well.  Chop up some parsley and cook for a few minutes more and then serve.

On the serving plate chop up a cucumber and spread the slices all around the plate.  Add a few pieces of parsley on top of the rice for decoration.

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