Basmati And Beans

Basmati And Beans

I love, love this recipe. For two reasons, it’s simple and I feel great after eating it. I have people come to me frequently and say they feel “bloated” and “lethargic” after eating. That’s often because the foods they have eaten take hours or even days to move through their digestive system. It can take up to eight hours for food to pass through your stomach and small intestine. Then it’s on to the large intestine and finally passing through to elimination.

And, in some cases, I do mean finally. One study showed that it took men about 33 hours to eliminate food and women 48 hours! One of the benefits of a plant-based diet, is food doesn’t make you feel heavy and get clogged in your system. After eating plant-based, you feel lighter, energetic, and ready to tackle the day.


  • Basmati rice
  • 2 cans organic black beans
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves chopped garlic
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Sliced avocado
  • Red bell pepper, chopped in 1/4″ or long, thin slices
  • Hummus, Trader Joe’s has some great selections
  • Seasonings: cumin, sea salt, peppercorns, chili flakes


  1. Follow the directions on Basmati rice, keep warm
  2. Sauté chopped garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil
  3. Add seasoning to garlic mixture
  4. Add chopped red bell pepper and sauté
  5. Immediately add black beans with liquid partially drained
  6. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes
  7. Serve over rice
  8. Add sliced avocado and chopped cilantro
  9. Top with a dollop of hummus

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