5 Minute Black Beans and Rice with Freezer Beans

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Black beans are a staple in our house.  Black beans are not only a great source of fiber and protein, but they also supply kids with much needed iron and folate! Children ages 4-8 should be getting 200mcg of folate per day, and 1 cup of black beans provides 256mcg!  Folate is a nutrient so essential, that it’s been supplemented in our cereals and juices found in grocery stores.  But black beans is a natural source of this protective B Vitamin, so eat up!

5 Min Black Beans and Rice Recipe-Super Healthy Kids

So, how do we get beans into our diet?  Two simple ways:

First, we cook a lot of beans and store them in the freezer.

With hundreds of pounds of dry black beans in our food storage, there is never a reason to get canned beans.  They are cheaper to buy dry, we usually can get dried beans for $.68/lb.  Plus, they are so easy to prepare.  All we do is

  • Dump about 4 cups of dried beans into the slow cooker.
  • Cover with water, till the water reaches 2-3 inches above the beans.
  • Turn on low and cook for about 5-6 hours.

Then, we portion the beans into freezer safe bags and freeze!

Tip: Freeze them flat on a cookie sheet, so they are stackable after they are frozen.

Last- Remove one bag and let sit on the counter until we are ready to use it.

On the counter, I take it out about 4 hours before I intend to use the beans.

We have a billion uses for black beans, but our favorite easy, healthy, and delicious dinner only takes about 5 minutes to put together, Black Beans and Rice! For this, we simply dump all ingredients into a rice cooker, and then set it to cook.  No chopping, one dish, simple dinner- Which is perfect for Wednesday nights like yesterday, because we all had to be at the church for activities pretty early.

So, we dumped:

  • 1 bag of our black beans (which had 11/2 cup of beans)
  • 1 1/2 cup of rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes

All into a rice cooker.  Then we turned it on the rice cooker and walked away!  We all love this meal!

Fast Dinner- Black Beans and Rice Recipe

Top it with a little cheese and avocado and serve with home baked corn chips!

Super Healthy Kids Black Beans and Rice Recipe

You could also, pack the rice into your bowl or ramekin, then turn it upside down for a mound like this:

Black Beans and Rice Recipe for Kids

BONUS:

Guess what else we like to do with our beans?  Blend it up and use it to spread pizza!!

5 Minute Black Beans and Rice with Freezer Beans

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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 5 Minute Black Beans and Rice with Freezer Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1 1/2 cup rice
  • 3 cups broth I use chicken broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes

Instructions

  • Dump all ingredients into a rice cooker.
  • Set to cook until all liquid is absorbed (varies depending on your rice cooker)
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Sounds delicious! Easy and quick : ) i have not used chicken broth, do you prepare it or just buy it ready to eat.. Do you know what i mean?
Thanks : )

This sounds very delicious, but I was wondering if you can do it in a slow cooker instead? If so, what would the variation be? Thanks very much!

Yes, as long as you heat the contents long enough for the liquid to be absorbed by the rice, it shouldn’t matter what method you are using to cook it.. stovetop or crockpot should both work!
Let us know if you try it!

For all-
Yes, as long as you heat the contents long enough for the liquid to be absorbed by the rice, it shouldn’t matter what method you are using to cook it.. stovetop or crockpot should both work!
Let us know if you try it!

Amy,

Your food looked so amazing that I actually put this together for my two children last night! They LOVED IT and my wife couldn’t be happier that I made them something so good.

I look forward to trying more of your suggestions. Thanks for the great photos too, as they helped me a ton, versus just the text.

All the best and keep up the amazing work.

Dr. Graeme

Thanks for this great recipe idea! I was curious if you used brown or white rice. I prefer brown rice but I know if takes more liquid so I was curious how it would affect this recipe. Thanks!

Yes, as long as you heat the contents long enough for the liquid to be absorbed by the rice, it shouldn’t matter what method you are using to cook it.. stovetop or crockpot should both work! Let us know if you try it!

Hi Cami- each type of rice,and every rice cooker is going to be a little different. Generally, we just set it to cook, and it stops cooking when all the water is absorbed. Depending on how much we put in there, it’s anywhere from 15 minutes, to 45!

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Looks great, and thank you for the fantastic ideas. Beans cooked in a slow cooker do not reach a high enough heat to kill the lectins, a poisonous substance created by plants to prevent us from eatimg them. Likewise do you feel another bean cooking method maybe more healthy? Boiling, rinsing, boiling is a traditional Mexican cooking method and one that removes the majority of lectins.

My mother has been begging me to cook her black beans and rice for ages and I never knew how… until today! I just dumped everything in my rice cooker and I can’t wait till everything is cooked! Thank you so much for this recipe!

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Love beans & rice! I noticed your photo at the bottom for using beans, blending the & putting them on pizza! Yum! Do you have a recipe for this?

Melanie- That photo is from our meal planning site.. But it’s just mashed up beans with some cheese on top! Really- just that easy.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I’ve been looking far and wide for a good black beans & rice recipe for my super picky 2 year old. He loved it! Your pictures were really helpful – we’re vegetarian so I just used veggie broth in place of chicken broth. And my husband and I wanted to have the same thing, so we just sauteed the onions with a little bit of cumin before tossing it in!

I used a crock pot and it came out very gummy. The rice completely dissolved : ( Flavor was good but texture a total flop.

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We just discovered your site and are LOVING the ideas and recipes. What brand of rice cooker do you have? How else do you use it? Thanks so much! Keep up the good work!

Laura- I just had an inexpensive rice cooker (The aroma brand). Recently I bought a pressure cooker and have been cooking my rice in that! I love it!

I have left over brown rice from last night’s meal and a can of Low sodium black beans.
can I mix them together on the stove andServe or should I still crockpot cooked rice?

Hey Amy!
I just stumbled across this recipe and absolutely love it! I’ve been trying to find foods that will improve my diet but are easy to make and am going to give this a try tomorrow night!
Thanks!
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