Casamiento translates to “marriage” or “wedding” and in this case, refers to the union of rice and beans! Did you know the combination of pulses and grains equals a complete protein? Yep! Amino Acids for the WIN.

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This fibre-rich, low calorie latin-inspired dish is easy to make, customizable to-taste, and downright delicious! Traditionally, it is served as a breakfast dish, however it really can be enjoyed morning, noon or night.

I give to you, Casamiento Veganomical

 

Ingredients:

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 small yellow onion, roughly chopped

3 cups cooked brown rice (cook in homemade vegetable broth for a richer flavour)

oandg1 cup dry kidney beans

3 tablespoons of salsa (preferably homemade)

1 teaspoon salt (eliminate if using sodium-rich broth)

2 tablespoons olive oil

Food ring molds (optional) click HERE for more information

 

Method of Madness:

Rinse then soak beans overnight. I like to pour boiling water over beans, and have them soak in a large mason jar for about 8 hours. I find this produces the best texture and cuts down on cooking time as well

Cook beans for 40 minutes or until soft enough to mash with a forkcasimiento

Cook rice according to directions 

In hot, oiled pan, sauté garlic and onions until browned

Drain cooked beans well, and add to pan

Add cooked rice, and salsa, stir well. Cook for 7-10 minutes until all liquid is absorbed

Spoon into molds, pack tightly to ensure stability, then remove

Display with a dollop of plant-based mayo and fresh herbs of choice (displayed here with slivered chive)

 

Olé ! Try it with different types of rice, pulses, spices, broths for a plethora of taste bud explosions

 

Makes approximately 6 cups, serves 4-6