Beany Protein Bowl

This is a dish I made almost every week during 2017. It is an absolute favourite of mine & many who I have shared it with, my boyfriend asked for it three nights in a row last week which has got to mean something – Bearing in mind that giving him plant-based foods has been somewhat of a significant change for him- But, that is a story for another time.

I often crave this meal when I have done a lot of exercise & need some protein & fuel. The mixture of the rice & beans together makes it a vegan meal with a complete protein nutritional value – Winner!


  • 60g brown basmati rice
  • ½ bag (100g) spinach
  • ½ an onion
  • ½ a red chilli
  • 1 x 400g can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 x 400g can of butter beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or chopped
  • 5 tsp tomato purée


  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  •  Avocado
  • Chilli flakes
  • Coconut Yogurt (optional)


  1. Place the rice in a saucepan with 200ml of boiling water & cook for 40 minutes.
  2. Place the chopped onion & spinach & chilli in a frying pan with the garlic, tomato purée, a drop olive oil, salt and pepper.  cook on low for about five minutes or until the spinach has cooked through.
  3. Add the beans & cook until they are warm.
  4. Mash the avocado with olive oil, salt & pepper.
  5. Plate up!
  6. If the chilli needs cooling down add a dollop of coconut yoghurt on top  – You never can tell how hot your chilli is until it is in the dish:)
  7.  Sprinkle with chilli flakes.

The absolute dream! Have a happy week everyone.

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