Asian-Mexican fusion food at it's best! This Mexican kidney bean fried rice from The Easy Vegan Cookbook is easy, delicious and packed with veggie goodness.
If you read my blog regularly, I think it's pretty safe for me to assume you generally look for the same things in recipes as I do. Namely, we want food that's tasty and easy.
So whenever I scope out a new cookbook those are the recipes I tend to look for. I recently revieved review a copy of The Easy Vegan Cookbook from fellow food blogger Kathy Hester of Healthy Slow Cooking, and you know what? I had a really hard time picking a recipe to share! Everything sounds tasty and easy! I seriously changed my mind about twelve times before landing on Mexican Kidney Bean Fried Rice. (Some other contenders: Sweet Potato Ropa Vieja, Creamy Black-Eyed Pea Southern Quesadillas, and Apple Braised Tempeh and Butternut Squash Bake. I will make them all!)
There's lots to love about this particular dish. First off, it's packed, and I mean packed, with veggies. Along with tomatoes, bell peppers, corn and cabbage, Kathy gives you the option of including shredded vegan chicken or mixed veggies in place of what might nomally be meat. I went with mixed veggies, and in particular shelled edamame and carrots, just becasue I had them on hand, but you could literally use just about any type of veggies here. In that respect, it has the potential to be an awesome clean-out-the fridge dinner.
The recipe also includes gluten-free and oil free options, as well as a suggestion for a Cajun inspired variation, which I was totally tempted to try, and probably will next time. Nearly all of the recipes are similarly customizable, so no worries if you're gluten-free, oil free, soy free or just a super picky eater.
Mexican Kidney Bean Fried Rice
- 2 tablespoons 30 ml olive oil (***sauté in water instead)
- ¼ cup 40 g minced onion (or 1 cup [151 g] julienned, if you love onions)
- 2 cups 184 g julienned bell peppers
- ½ cup 35 g shredded purple cabbage
- 1 ½ cups 367.5 g mixed veggies or shredded meatless vegan chicken (*gluten free and/or **soy free)
- 1 14.5 ounces [411 g] can or 1 ½ cups (241 g) diced tomatoes
- 1 cup 240 g crushed tomatoes (or 2 tablespoons [42 g] tomato paste plus ¾ cup [177 ml] water)
- 1 15.5 ounce [440 g] can kidney beans
- 1 cup 164 g corn kernels
- 2 tablespoons 17 g green chilies
- 1 tablespoon 1.6 g oregano
- 1 ½ teaspoons 7 g cumin
- 1 to 2 teaspoons chili powder to taste
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon liquid smoke to taste
- 3 cups 570 g cooked brown rice
- Salt to taste
Heat the oil over medium-high heat. Once it's hot, add the onions and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add the bell peppers and cabbage and sauté 3 more minutes. Turn down the heat to medium.
Add the mixed veggies or meatless chicken, tomatoes (diced and crushed), kidney beans, corn, green chilies, oregano, cumin, chili powder and liquid smoke. Cook until the veggies are tender and the flavors have melded, about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so.
Turn the heat back up to medium-high and break up the cold cooked rice into the mixture. Keep stirring and cook until the rice is thoroughly heated, about 10 minutes.
Before serving, add salt to taste.
gluten free option*
*soy free option**
*oil free option***
Alissa's note: I had some fresh cilantro on hand, so I added a few sprigs when serving.