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Black Beans and Yellow Rice

This black beans and yellow rice dish makes a simple and nutritious work lunch or easy dinner. Turmeric is used to make the bright yellow rice, while cumin, paprika, garlic, and oregano are used to season the beans. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beans, gluten-free, rice, vegan
Servings: 4
Author: Gabriella @ Nutritious Minimalist


  • 1 cup dried brown rice
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cans of black beans, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt, more to taste
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 lime, quartered


  • Cook rice according to package directions. Add the turmeric to the water that you cook the rice in before you cook it. This is what makes the rice yellow.
  • While the rice cooks, heat up the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and saute 5-7 minutes until the onions are softened and translucent.
  • Add the garlic, cumin, paprika, oregano, and salt. Cook 30-60 seconds, stirring constantly.
  • Add the black beans and 1/4 cup water and stir to combine the beans with the onion mixture. Cook 5 minutes. 
  • Squeeze some fresh lime juice over each serving.
  • (Optional) Serve with chopped avocado or pico de gallo.