MEATLESS MONDAY: Black Beans, Brown Rice & Spinach Dinner

So, the other night I came home and it was late. Like relatively late late - let's say 9pm and I was pretty tired after a long day at work. I wanted something substantial though as I was really hungry and I was craving some brown rice in a bowl. Now, I know rice can take around 20 minutes to cook, which is not seriously long or anything, but it's waaay longer than pasta! Either way, I didn't care! I wanted rice! So I made it!

I thought I'd share this recipe with you as it's quite an easy one that can last for a few days or serve around 2 or 3 people. It's extremely cheap and pretty much store cupboard too!

I can only apologise about the quality of the picture, but as it was so late at night, the lighting wasn't that great. Here's how I made it...


1 cup brown rice
Tinned Black Beans - washed and drained
handful of frozen peas
3 'nuggets' of frozen spinach
1 tbsp tahini
1 tsp harissa pasta
squeeze of lemon
Tamari Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp maple syrup/honey/date syrup
garlic oil
black pepper

  • Firstly get the rice cooking, I would do this according to the packet instructions. Make sure you give it a good rinse first then bring to the boil and then allow to simmer for around 15-20mins or until cooked
  • In a small saucepan, add the black beans and cook on a low/medium heat until warmed through. Add a squeeze of lemon and around 1/2 tsp of tamari soy sauce and a good grinding of pepper
  • Put the beans in an oven proof dish and cover with foil to keep warm and then add add the peas and spinach to the pan (ideally rinsed out) and fry with a small amount of garlic oil. Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Make the dressing by combining the tahini, 1/2 tsp tamari, harissa paste and the maple syrup in a bowl and stir until it comes together like a thick paste. Slowly add some warm water little by little until you get a nice pouring consistency (like running yoghurt)
  • Finally, it's an assembly job! Add the rice to the bowl, then on top put the spinach and peas, then the black beans and finally the dressing.
  • Sit back and eat with a big spoon! Heaven!

I know it's not the most beautiful meal you've ever seen, but it seriously hit the spot - comfort food wise anyway!

I hope you enjoy making it,

Thanks so much for reading,

Emmaline x

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