Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Italian Beans and Rice from Vegan Yum Yum

Toby got me the vegan yum yum cookbook for our wedding anniversary, he even marked all of the recipes that are either gluten free or can be made gluten free. There are lots! I've been a long time fan of the blog vegan yum yum and made a number of successful recipes and can already tell that like the blog, the most of the recipes in the cookbook are simple, healthy, tasty and don't require too many crazy ingredients.

Toby made me two dishes from it: Italian beans and rice and coconut lime tofu. I love both dishes, especially the Italian beans and rice. I'm not really a beans and rice type of gal, but this dish is really quite unique. The flavour of the beans dish is really rich and bursting with flavour, the nuts give it a nice crunch and the lemon and vinegar some acidity.

Italian Rice and Beans
Serves One Hearty Meal

1/2 Cup Brown Rice, uncooked
1/2 Can Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 Cup Oil Packed Sun-Dried Tomatoes, sliced into strips
1/4 Cup Pine Nuts
1 Large Handful Baby Spinach
1 tsp Balsamic Vinegar
1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
1-2 tsp Italian Herbs of your choice, (basil, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, etc)
Zest from 1/2 Organic Lemon
Almond Cheesy Sprinkles, optional

Start your rice, when nearly finished (or actually finished), heat 3 Tbs of olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add herbs, tomatoes, and pine nuts. When pine nuts start to turn golden brown, add the beans. Toss gently, trying your best to keep the beans whole. Add salt and vinegar, stir gently. Turn down heat to low.

Place spinach in one layer on top of the beans. Place hot, steaming rice over spinach and leave for 30 seconds or so, until you see the spinach start to wilt. Mix gently and plate.

Grate lemon zest on top of rice and beans, and finish with a sprinkle of almond cheesy sprinkles if desired.

I didn't take any pictures, but the next day I had leftover beans on garlic bread, like a weird but wonderful alternative to bruschetta.


  1. I love that Toby marked the gluten-free recipes for you - that's so considerate and compassionate.

    At first, I was thinking "why, this is like red beans and rice pesto", and then I realised that was ridiculous, because the only thing in common is pine nuts and lemon. So really, I'm a bit of a nincompoop. It looks delicious though!

  2. i just came across a cookbook that you may or may not have heard about: the gluten free vegan.
    you can get if from this site: http://www.bookdepository.com/book/9781600940323/The-Gluten-free-Vegan
    i've never bought from them but "the frugal vegan" (a canadian blog/zine writer) mentioned this uk based company as a great source for books (and free worldwide shipping!)

  3. Such a great and thoughtful present - I have been wondering if I buy this book. I have made the italian rice and beans off the web - there are a few versions of rice and beans on vegan yum yum so I keep meaning to try other versions - esp good for rushing home from work

  4. Hi
    I got given this book over the weekend for a birthday present and i am really looking forward to cooking from it. I'm newly vegan and even though vegan cooking hasn't been a huge change from vegetarian, its nice to see some of the creamy recipes in that book that i think i can cook when craving creamy pasta.
    Its very sweet that the gluten free recipes were already tagged for you.