Roman Rice and Beans (Diet for a Small Planet)

Frances Moore Lappé, the author of Diet for a Small Planet, comments:
“This dish has been one of my family’s favorites from the first edition. With a green salad and Italian bread it is a satisfying meal. (It’s great for serving to large gatherings too.)”

Have ready:
¾ cup dried beans (peas, kidneys), cooked (about 2 cups)
2 cups raw brown rice, cooked with 2 teaspoons salt (about 5 cups)

oil as needed (Olive is good)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 large onion, chopped
1 – 2 carrots, chopped
1 stalk celery or 1 green pepper, chopped
2/3 cup chopped parsley
2 – 3 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon oregano

2 – 3 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons salt
black pepper to taste
the cooked beans

the cooked brown rice
½ cup or more Parmesan cheese

Add bean mixture to rice mixture. Garnish with more parsley and more grated cheese.


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