Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Coconut Rice and Beans

In an effort to attempt to eat at least ONE meatless meal a week I stumbled upon this one. We LOVE coconut here so I immediately put it on my list. It's cheap and easy!

So we had quite the ordeal making this tonight...I was planning on using my rice cooker. But after 15 mins of nothing happening in it, I took a closer look and realized that the button wasn't staying down on the cook option. So I put the rice/milk into a pot to start cooking it on the stove...and don't you know I turned the wrong burner on and MELTED the feet off the rice cooker. So in case it wasn't done already that did it in...I wondered why A kept asking me what that smell was...and this time there was actually a smell to smell!(He had been asking me all day when there was no smell!) So needless to say I had to say goodbye to the rice cooker...may it rest in peace...

Onto the recipe!

Coconut Rice and Beans-shared from $5 Dollar Dinners
1 15 oz can of lite coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup pineapple juice
1 cup brown rice
2-3 cups cooked beans(I used red beans)

*In the event that something tragic happens to your rice cooker...
Place water, pineapple juice, and milk into a pan and bring it to a rolling boil. Add in rice, cover and simmer for 15 mins or until rice is cooked. DO NOT TAKE LID OFF! Let stand for 5 mins and fluff rice with fork. Stir in beans.

**I found that this did not have much flavor at all...I was a bit stumped. I think it may have been the milk I used. I did double the recipe as I wanted extras. Once I added some shredded sweetened coconut and a touch of salt it satisfied my taste buds better. K really enjoyed it and the boys devoured the beans. I will try it again with a different brand of milk!


  1. This sounds so good. I think the kids and I would like it! Hubby wouldn't but that is ok.

  2. This looks very easy and yummy - even if it was a crusade to get it done! Is coconut milk expensive or hard to find? I've never bought it before. RIP rice cooker.

  3. I tried it a different way.

    Bee, coconut milk is very inexpensive and easy to find in the Asian foods section. :)

  4. That's an interesting recipe. I wonder what it would be like to add some garlic and ginger? Sorry about your rice cooker. I've been thinking about getting one because I'm horrible at cooking rice on the stove.

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