Need a one-pot meal that comes together in under 15 minutes, will feed your family, makes planned leftovers, costs pennies per serving, and happens to be vegan and GF?

Mango & Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Vegetables in bowl with fork

This recipe should do the trick.

 

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Mango & Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Vegetables

Ingredients:

1 c dry rice (I used Uncle Ben’s brown rice)

1 can beans (I used garbanzos or try pinto, red, black, navy)

1 to 2 cups mixed veggies (I used 1.5 cups of diced carrots, broccoli, and Brussels’s sprouts)

1/3 c Mango Chutney/Salsa (or use jelly, i.e. mango, apricot, peach; or try a sweet-ish fruit-based salsa or chutney)

1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar (or regular, rice wine)

1 Tbsp Seasoning Blend (I used Mrs. Dash Caribbean blend)

2 Tbsp Honey (to keep this vegan, omit or use agave)

2 Tbsp EVOO (optional)

Directions:

Cook the rice as directed on the box (with water and optional butter) until about 85% done.  (For me, this took about 8 minutes)

Add everything else, stir, cover and simmer for another few minutes until liquid is absorbed or your vegetables are done to your liking.  (For me, this was about 4 more minutes)

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Here’s a Visual Guide

Ingredients needed to make Mango & Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Vegetables

Rice is about 90% done.  Then, add everything else.

Cooked rice in pot

Diced up vegetables

Remaining ingredients added to rice in pot

Stir and cook a few more minutes

Stirred up rice mixture in pot

Serve!

Plated Mango & Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Vegetables

Close up of Mango & Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Vegetables in white dish

Mango & Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Vegetables with forkThe big chunks of mango (above) are “surprise” bites that I love

Fork digging into plated rice dishThe veggies were not overcooked and had a bit of texture and crunch.  I detest over-cooked vegetables.  Blech!

Close up of Mango & Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Vegetables with forkThe flavor was wonderful.  A little bit of heat from the red pepper in the mango salsa, the balsamic gave it some tang and balanced the sweetness from the mango and honey.  And the chickpeas added protein and made it a one-pot success.

And it was also successful because it made planned leftovers.   Love your leftovers. I do.

Leftover Mango & Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Vegetables in clear container

Like today’s recipe?  Also try my Caribbean Coconut Rice with Garbanzos, Veggies, and Peanut Butter.  It works, I promise.

Caribbean Coconut Rice with Garbanzos, Veggies, and Peanut Butter

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Questions:

1. What’s your fave one-pot meal?

Mine are any of the bakes (Salsa Baked Beans & Veggies, Cheezy Veggie Bake) or rice dishes like this one.

And I never buy ingredients just for a recipe like this.  It’s called shopping in my own kitchen and use things up that are taking up space or getting old.

2. Do you like leftovers?

I know some people hate them and would prefer to eat something “new” every meal but leftovers are a huge time saver and money saver, too.

Cook once, eat twice = saves time

Cook in bulk once rather than starting from scratch with completely new ingredients for a completely new meal = saves money

I am a fulltime working mom, a blogger, I try to keep my grocery budget at a minimum, and I try not to live in my kitchen just to feed my family.   Therefore, leftovers are my best friend.   For all you young beautiful people, if you don’t like leftovers now, you may change your tune when you have a family, kids, house, fulltime job, and want to “get off the hook” for meal prep.  Leftovers will save you.

3.  Anything exciting happen in your day today?

I am expecting a package in the mail I am excited about.

Enjoy your day!

 

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