When I told Tim we were having ‘beans and rice’ for dinner, he busted out with some Baby Got Back lyrics, so I couldn’t resist using them as my title. Black beans and rice would be more accurate, however. This is a recipe adapted from Vegan Yum Yum, which is a fantastic vegan cook book. Not one recipe has yet to let me down from this book.
The best part about this dinner is that it has kale–and I still like it. There seem to be an abundant number of vegan and vegetarian bloggers out there who claim to love kale. I wish I could say I fell in this camp but then I would just be a poser. Kale, in my very humble opinion, does not taste good. At all. Unless it’s in the form of kale chips, I’m never too impressed with this particular leafy green. That being said, I know I should try to sneak it into my diet every now and then since it has super nutritional properties and those super green veggies are the ones we should be striving to get the most of in our diets.
And here is where Tahini Lemon Rice and Beans comes in to save me from my kale-hating ways. Now, I had to adjust this recipe some because in addition to the kale, black beans, and brown rice it calls for, it also includes seitan. I have only had one seitan experience. I tried to make it homemade using the recipe from Veganomicon , and the results were not pretty. I can usually choke down my cooking disasters even when I know it isn’t the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted, but this–this was completely inedible. So right off the bat seitan was eliminated from the ingredient list. I can’t say what it would be like with the seitan, but without it, it was delicious. So good that as I am writing this I wish I had a plate in front of me even though I just had lunch. The kale blends right in with the dish and I couldn’t taste any of its normal bitterness. The sauce is incredibly rich and creamy. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making this dish again very soon as I am salivating just from writing this description.
Let me warn you before I get to the recipe: it isn’t a pretty meal. Tim suggested I not photograph this one. I went ahead and took the picture because I know I like seeing what something is supposed to look like before I make it. Cook books with color photos are my favorite. 🙂
Red beans and rice did miss her!
Adapted from Vegan Yum Yum
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
- Category: main meal
- Cuisine: American
- 1 cup brown rice
- Tahini Lemon Sauce (recipe below)
- Coconut oil for sauteing
- 1/2 bunch kale, deveined and chopped
- 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, or one 15.5 ounce can, rinsed and drained
Tahini Lemon Sauce
- 1/4 cup low-sodium Tamari or soy sauce
- 1/4 cup tahini
- Juice from 1 large lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (I use regular rather than vegan varieties since I’m not a vegan and don’t necessarily need my meals to be completely animal-free)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Start cooking the rice according to the package directions or however you normally cook your rice.
- Make your sauce. Simply whisk all the ingredients together (see my lovely ingredients picture above?) in a bowl and set aside.
- Once your rice is getting close to being done, start the next step.
- Heat a small amount of oil in a saute pan and add the kale. Once the kale starts to wilt, add the beans and heat through.
- Stir in the sauce and turn off the heat. Cover until the rice is finished. Once the rice is finished cooking, add it to the pan and toss to coat.
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 507
- Sugar: 4.75g
- Sodium: 137mg
- Fat: 35g
- Carbohydrates: 34.7g
- Protein: 15.5g
Keywords: easy dinner recipe