Delicious Vegetable Rice Pilaf

BY : PUBLISHED : March 2nd, 2022 UPDATED: April 24th, 2022

This is a simple, hearty meal full of tasty immunity-boosting alliums (red onion, garlic, and chives). This delicious Vegetable Rice Pilaf will give you an energy boost and help prevent those persistent colds that start appearing this time of year. It makes quite a bit of food, so set some aside for later and save yourself some cooking time. 

completed black bean and onion pilaf plated in a bowl with another bowl in the background

Get creative with which veggies you use, whatever you have on hand will work. The power of simple fresh ingredients and a few spices….Keep it easy, guys!

With this easy rice pilaf recipe, your weeknight dinners or bustling lunches won’t get so complicated ever again. Or maybe you’re looking for a nutritious side dish for your main course, this brown rice pilaf is all you need! All the ingredients in this meal are found in your kitchen undoubtedly.

Amazing Flavors

This delicious Black Bean and Onion Pilaf are a bit like a vegetable paella and it has so many amazing flavors! It is one of those one-pan wonders and we think it will come in handy whenever you’re lacking inspiration but hunger is abundant. Packed with healthy veggies and grains, it is a family-approved recipe and one we think you should add to your weekly repertoire. 

This rice is heavenly with its immeasurable flavor that’s been poached to perfection mixed with the bell peppers - it’s definitely a drool-worthy dish! The perfect rice pilaf is less than an hour away from being enjoyed!

completed black bean and onion pilaf plated in a bowl

What is Vegetable Rice Pilaf?

Originated in Persia, pilaf has spread all over the world over time and has become a common meal in places like the Middle East, Latin America, Indonesia, and Spain. It refers to a preparation of rice (or other wheat-based grain) cooked in broth with vegetables and other ingredients typical to the place where it’s being prepared. 

completed black bean and onion pilaf plated in a bowl

Can I Buy Plant-Based Broth?

Absolutely! There are many brands out there that have fully plant-based broths available like Better Than Bouillon, Edward and Sons, Knorr, and more. If you can’t find them easily or you simply want to use your leftover veggie scraps you can make your own with our Homemade Vegetable Broth recipe which is great because you can flavor it however you like. 

Vegan Rice Pilaf

In just a couple of minutes, you can have a homespun black bean rice pilaf that is glorious next to a regular dinner meal or a side dish for an important event. Aside from that, it’s totally the go-to healthy and nourishing dish you can pick up on days where you’re feeling unwell.

This vegan and vegetarian rice pilaf is hands down the most undemanding and most flavorsome recipe we’ve ever made and we want you all to try this out for yourself! One taste and you’ll be addicted for a long time.

completed black bean and onion pilaf plated in a bowl with another bowl in the background

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Photos by Alfonso Revilla

completed black bean and onion pilaf plated in a bowl

Delicious Vegetable Rice Pilaf

Renee Press
This veggie-filled Black Bean and Onion Pilaf is the perfect dinner for when you're running out of time!
4.73 from 43 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 4 servings
Calories 348 kcal
METHOD Stove
DIET Vegan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon of oil of choice
  • 1 medium red onion chopped (reserve 2 tbsp, finely chopped, for topping)
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 4-5 crimini (or button) mushrooms sliced
  • ¼ cup of bell pepper chopped (optional)
  • 1 carrot thinly sliced
  • 1 cup of brown rice jasmine, long grain, short grain, basmati - all ok
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • ½ cup of green onions or chives chopped
  • 1 cup of greens, chopped swiss chard, kale, collard greens, or spinach
  • 1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of chili powder
  • ¼ cup of nutritional yeast optional, but tasty
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • In a deep skillet, add the oil and saute the onion, garlic, mushrooms, pepper, and carrot for 2-3 minutes. Add rice and stir 30 seconds until glossy. Add vegetable broth, bring to a gentle boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes until liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked.
  • Add the chives and greens to the pan, along with black beans, salt, chili powder, nutritional yeast, and lemon juice. Stir well and cover for 2-3 minutes to let beans and greens heat through. Plate and top with finely chopped red onion.

Notes

Originated in Persia, pilaf has spread all over the world over time and has become a common meal in places like the Middle East, Latin America, Indonesia, and Spain. It refers to a preparation of rice (or other wheat-based grain) cooked in broth with vegetables and other ingredients typical to the place where it’s being prepared. 

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 13gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 1190mgPotassium: 754mgFiber: 11gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 3838IUVitamin C: 25mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 3mg
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About Renee Press

Renee Press is the founder of Fire and Earth Kitchen in Seattle WA. which offers cooking classes, food coaching, and chef services. She's on a mission to make vegan, gluten-free cooking easy, accessible, and delicious for everyone. fireandearthkitchen.com

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  1. Teodora Grujic says

    Healthy and delicious! Thank you for this recipe!

    • Andrea White says

      Enjoy! I've been loving black beans and this recipe really hits the spot!

  2. Michelle Cehn says

    I've been looking for more exciting ways to use rice, and this is it!

    • Andrea White says

      It's a great one! So full of flavor and so delicious!

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