Vegan Rice-A-Roni with Kidney Beans and Peppers
This meal is the ideal mid-week quick, nutritious, and delicious family meal. It will quickly become a favourite as it is so versatile as it can be easily adapted to everyone's preferences.
Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
skillet/ stove-top casserole pan/ large saucepan
long grain rice
Either fresh or frozen.
Fresh or frozen.
400g/14oz can, drained.
or 4 minced garlic cloves
optional, but tasty
Fine chopped. Plus a little extra for serving if desired.
sprig of fresh thyme
or your favourite fresh herbs.
Pour the olive oil into your pan and heat over medium heat for a few minutes.
Tip in the rice, vermicelli, and orzo.
Add the garlic and onion powder.
Stir frequently and cook for about 7 minutes until the rice, vermicelli and orzo begin to brown. Don't let the mix sit still for long as it could catch on the heat and brown too much.
Add the peppers and onion.
Cook for 2 minutes stirring frequently.
Add the peas and corn.
Mix well and cook for about 3 minutes.
Tip in the kidney beans and mix.
Add the parsley.
Stir to combine.
Pour in the vegetable stock and mix through.
If using a sprig of fresh thyme or similar add now, just push below the stock.
Simmer for 15 minutes.
Pop a lid on the pan and cook for another 5 minutes.
Turn off the heat and leave to sit for another 10 minutes so that the liquid is soaked up and the rice finishes cooking.
Check the rice is soft and if so then dish is ready to serve.
Remove the fresh thyme sprig.
Serve with extra chopped parsley scattered over.
Nutritional information is provided for guidance only and is not a strict calculation as ingredients vary. Data is analysed using computerized nutrition apps.
Leftover rice-a-roni can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days, in a covered container.
Reheat leftovers similar to cooking fried rice or stir-fry. Add a little veggie stock or oil to your pan and stir the rice until piping hot throughout.
Or enjoy chilled rice-a-roni as a rice salad. It is so tasty cold.
Leftovers can be frozen. Once cool place in a covered container and freeze for up to 3-4 months. Reheat as per the method above.
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