Easy Brown Rice and Black Beans

Easy Brown Rice and Beans
Brown Rice & Black Beans – Clean & Delicious

As much as I love to cook, the truth is that I usually only cook two (sometimes three) meals a week and the rest of the nights we eat very basic, simple meals made from ‘head start’ ingredients or leftovers.

As most of you know, my hubby and I are very dedicated to our Sunday ‘pre-preppin’ sessions.

And although every week the ‘pre-prep’ items change ever so slightly, for the most part we cut up a bin of crudite (carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes), rinse and chop some greens (kale, collards, chard… whatever looks good) cook up a pot of whole grains (ie. brown rice, quinoa, barley…) and sometimes makes some chicken or salmon.

These very basic ingredients help me to eat well even when I’m short on time and/or just don’t feel like cooking.  And although they may result in very simple meals, they are deeeelicious none-the-less!

This recipe (if I dare even call it that) uses pre-prepped brown rice, a can of black beans, and a dollop of coconut oil and takes all of five minutes to make.  Sometimes I’ll put it over a bed of spinach and just let the heat of the beans and rice wilt the greens.  Sometimes I eat is as is and sometimes we’ll have it as a side.

It’s clean, it’s simple, and it is very tasty!

As a matter-of-fact this simple little meal is one of Katie’s favorites so for those of you looking for super-nutritious, super-simple kid-friendly meals, you’ll defintiely want to keep this in your back pocket!

But now I’m curious!  Do you cook every night? How do you manage to eat well even when  time and/or energy is not on your side?

Brown Rice And Black Beans

Yield: 4 sevings

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 cups of cooked brown rice
  • 1 can of low sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Combine rice and beans in a medium bowl and microwave for about two minutes (or until heated through).  Stir in coconut oil and season with salt and pepper.  Enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrients for 1/4th of the recipe: Calories: 222; Total Fat: 5.2; Saturated Fat: 3.2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 12mg; Carbohydrate: 36.4g; Dietary Fiber: 6.2g; Sugars: 0g; Protein: 7.5g