Combining beans with rice forms a complete protein, which is wonderful for vegans and vegetarians.
Complete protein meals provide all nine essential amino acids in the right amounts. Unfortunately, that’s quite rare for us vegans to achieve!
Try eating lentils with rice (my absolute fave!) and add a dash of vinegar to your lentils. It might sound strange, but it’s a staple added ingredient when eating lentils (Greek tradition), and it’s amazing (plus it helps lower blood sugar.)
Three: Veggies, meat & rice
Splitting it into three parts is a nice way to balance your plate. It would be best to fill half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables, a quarter with protein (meats, fish, poultry) and a quarter with grains like rice.
Eating in this fashion helps to add more nutritious and high-fibre vegetables whilst still allowing a good serving of white rice.
Try to eat your serving of vegetables first, as they provide the bulk of your satiety whilst saving rice for the finish line.
Four: Rice stuffed in bell peppers
Stuffed bell peppers are a simple and delicious way to enjoy rice without fuss. But, of course, you can always add vegetables or herbs to your rice, making it tasty and satisfying.
Bell peppers are great because they contain capsaicin, a phytochemical compound that helps fight against cancer development.
Peppers are also a great anti-inflammatory, help lower blood sugar and contain antioxidant properties that help benefit our health. You can also add pepper to your foods for added punch.
Why not build your rice bowls and experiment with different beans, protein sources and vegetables?
One other stuffed vegetable rice idea is to use tomatoes.