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Basmati And Beans

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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.

Basmati And Beans

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 People
After eating plant-based, you feel lighter, energetic, and ready to tackle the day.


  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 2 cans organic black beans
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves Chopped garlic
  • 1-2 tbsp Cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 Avocado (Sliced)
  • 1 Red bell pepper (chopped in 1/4″ or long, thin slices)
  • 1 tbsp Hummus (Trader Joe’s has some great selections)
  • teaspoon Cumin, Sea Salt, Pepper, Chili Flakes (Season to taste)


  • Follow the directions on Basmati rice, keep warm
  • Sauté chopped garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil
  • Add seasoning to garlic mixture
  • Add chopped red bell pepper and sauté
  • Immediately add black beans with liquid partially drained
  • Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes
  • Serve over rice
  • Add sliced avocado and chopped cilantro
  • Top with a dollop of hummus
Author: Phoebe Chongchua

Phoebe Chongchua is a multimedia brand journalist who consults and writes on wellness, all things plant-based, fitness, lifestyle, and travel. She is yoga certified and earned her certificate in Whole Food Plant-Based Eating in 2010 through eCornell and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. She's also a top podcaster for her marketing/storytelling podcast, The Brand Journalism Advantage at

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