So question: when was the last time you threw caution to the wind in the kitchen and just tossed a bunch of random ingredients into a pot? This may be a rare occurrence in a lot of kitchens but not in mine! This dish just goes to show that you don’t have to be a schooled chef or follow a recipe to the T to end up with something great! You’ll see that this is a reoccurring theme here on my blog because my mom and I do all the time while cooking, and it always turns out great!
This Vegan Brown Rice Pilaf could really suit a whole variety of people: vegans, vegetarians (like my mom and myself), meat lovers, and everyone in between! It’s hearty and filling from the beans and rice and the mushrooms give it a meaty-ness that meat lovers will love. If you’re feeling cheesy, toss on some cheese! Want to throw some shredded chicken in the pot? Go for it! The possibilities are endless! Just use your imagination, taste buds and a little Brennan’s Grin recipe inspiration and voilà, dinner is served!
Here we have the smorgasbord of random ingredients! For our version of this recipe you’ll need:
-Canned garbanzo beans, black beans, pinto beans
-Green bell peppers
-A combo of spices that include: bay leaves, cayenne pepper, turmeric powder, curry powder, salt and pepper, oregano flakes, garlic powder and cumin powder
Start by heating olive oil in a pan. Then add in your chopped garlic, onion, mushrooms and bell peppers.
Add in the vegetable broth and some white wine. Make sure you add in enough liquid for your rice to cook in. Then sprinkle in whatever spices you’d like, starting with less than you think and add more as you go. You can always add more but if you start off with too much you can’t take it back out!
Bring your mixture to a boil before you add in your rice and beans.
Next add in your brown rice and beans of choice. Let it simmer and cook away! (If you wanted to add in some shredded chicken or cubed tofu now would be the time)
Give it a good stir every once in a while as its simmering.
Once it’s reached the point where it’s getting thick and almost finished, go ahead and taste test it. Add in more spices if you need to and give it one last good stir!
Once the rice has absorbed all the liquid it’s ready to serve! I topped mine off with some red pepper flakes and a teeensy bit more salt and garlic powder! It’s delisshhh!! Add some shredded cheese or hot sauce on top if you’d like! Whatever you like, go for it!
I hope this toss-in type of recipe gives you some inspiration to make your own pilaf-style dish, too! And if you copy this version of it, let me know down in the comment section!!
Thank you so much for reading this post!