Fiesta Beans and Rice

Fiesta Beans and Rice is a filling vegetarian dish you will be making again and again. The combination of beans, rice, salsa, avocado and feta create a party for your taste buds. Animal proteins contain all of the 9 essential amino acids; therefore they are called complete proteins. Plant-based foods usually contain some, but not all, of the essential amino acids. Plant-based foods must be combined to create complete proteins that the body can use. Beans and rice are the perfect vegetarian combination to create a complete protein profile.

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Fiesta Beans and Rice by Jesse Lane Wellness #vegetariandinner

Fiesta Beans and Rice Recipe

(gluten-free, vegetarian, nut-free)

Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 56 minutes | Serves 3


  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil
  • 1.5 cups brown rice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1.5 cups cooked black beans
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp fresh lime juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup feta cheese


  1. Heat coconut oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes.
  2. Add rice, 2 garlic cloves, oregano and chili powder and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Add black beans, water and ¼ tsp salt and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes, turn off the heat and let sit for an additional 5 minutes before fluffing.
  4. Make the salsa by combining tomatoes, 1 minced garlic clove, 2 cilantro, lime juice, and ¼ tsp salt.
  5. To make one serving, place 1/3 of the rice mixture in a bowl. Top with 2/3 cups salsa, 1/3 avocado and 1/3 cup feta cheese. Garnish with cilantro and a wedge of lime.

PER SERVING: CALORIES: 747, FAT: 26 g, SAT. FAT: 10 g, CARBS: 110 g, FIBER: 18 g, SUGARS:  7 g, PROTEIN: 23 g, SODIUM: 784 mg, CHOLESTEROL: 30 mg

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