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Italian Three-Beans & Rice Skillet

Today is the first COLD day in Chicago.  When I say COLD, I mean COLD!  I’m from Texas so anything under 75 degrees is COLD to me.  In fact, the LT and I were on a walk, I was thinking, “Self, you should have worn a winter coat…or at least a jacket!”  (See!  I really am working to get us back in shape–tomorrow is Friday night tennis!)

So in honor of the weather, I made an Italian Three-Beans & Rice Skillet.  I got it out of a vegetarian cookbook.  It is not raw and can be made with or without cheese for vegans or peeps like me who are lactose intolerant.  It turned into more of a stew than a skillet, but the LT is sitting right next to me chowing down right now.

Italian Three-Beans & Rice Skillet: This is the cookbook photo

My version (I took out my portion before I grated the parmesan on top for the LT.  Though I think the parm adds a nice bit of salty/creaminess for non-raw, non-vegans if his two bowlfuls are any indication!)

Meagan Version of the Skillet-a bit more "stew-like" than I anticipated, but perfect for a cold night!

Italian Three-Beans & Rice Skillet

Start to Finish: 30 mins

Makes: 4 servings

1 15.5oz can small red beans or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 14.5oz can Italian style stewed tomatoes (I subbed in 3 fresh tomatoes)

1 cup veggie broth

3/4 cup brown rice (quick cooking)

5 oz frozen lima beans

5 oz fresh green beans

1/4 cup fresh basil

dash of Italian seasoning

3/4 bottle of spaghetti sauce (or use more fresh tomatoes & some sun-dried tomatoes, like me)

mozzarella or grated parmesan (optional)

  1. In a large skillet combine beans, tomatoes, broth, rice, lima beans, green beans, basil, and Italian seasoning.  Bring to boiling; reduce heat.  Cover and simmer about 15 mins or until rice is cooked.
  2. Stir in spaghetti sauce (or homemade tomato and sun-dried tomato mixture).  Heat through.  If desired, top with cheese.

Nutrition Facts per Serving: 259 calories, 4g total fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 1100mg sodium, 14g protein.

As I finish typing this post, the LT just went back for his third bowl!

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One Response

  1. This is perfect for me! Even though its not raw, it sounds great–especially if the LT likes it–and I could use a crock pot for it! 🙂

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