Spicy Rice & Beans with Fresh Salata


One of my favorite lunch spots serves healthy Lebanese-American food. I love that they offer healthy and nutritious options on their menu like quinoa, kale, brown rice and fresh veggies. A dish I usually crave is made with well seasoned brown rice, beans, cooked vegetables, and topped with fresh Lebanese Salata. I had a serious craving for it and decided to recreate a version of my own. If you like food with a spicy kick, the mix of flavors is amazing!


Rice & Beans

  • 1 Cup Della Basmati Light Brown Rice, uncooked
  • 2 Cups Hot Water
  • 1 “Chicken” Bouillon Cube (I used Celifibr Gluten Free Vegetarian Chicken Bouillon)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Parsley, dried
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Pink Himalayan Salt, to taste
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Carton of Simply Balanced Organic Low Sodium Three Bean Blend (at Target), rinsed
  • 1/2 Cup Organic Frozen Peas


  • 1 Organic cucumber, chopped
  • Campari Tomatoes, deseeded, chopped
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1/4 Cup Parsley
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Pink Himalayan Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper


  1. Add bouillon cube to 2 cups hot water, mix well, and set aside to dissolve.
  2. In a large pot, on medium heat, add olive oil and garlic and cook 1-2 minutes.
  3. Stir in spices and rice and mix well, cooking for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Add bouillon water and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes, or until water has absorbed.
  6. While Rice is cooking, chop cucumbers and tomatoes. Add to a medium bowl, and add lemon juice, parsley, granulated garlic, and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. When rice is done cooking, add frozen peas, and beans, and stir well. Let cook 5-7 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add rice & beans to your bowl and top with fresh salata. Enjoy!

*You can easily add grilled chicken to this dish, as well!



Valentine’s Rice Krispie Heart Pops

To create these simple, yet chic Valentine’s Day gifts, make a batch of Rice Krispie Treats {Melt 1/2C Butter + 3/4 Bag Marshmallows + add 5C Rice Krispie Cereal}.  Once the batch has cooled, use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out shapes.  Place in clear baggies, and tie with twine.  Purchase the label you see here, from my Etsy Shop and print on cardstock.  I punched out mine with a 2.5″ circular punch, backed it with an additional piece of cardstock, punched out with a scallop punch, and paper punched a small hole to tie together.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Rice Krispie Treats

A cute Valentine’s Day treat can be created with little time and supplies. I cut out heart shapes out of 4″ doilies.  I punched two holes and thread ribbon, and tied together.  I created a simple label on my computer, then punched it out with a 1″ round punch.  I punched out coordinating cardstock with a 1 3/4″ round punch.  I again punched two holes through the cardstock label, and thread the ribbon through to til together.  Very inexpensive, and can be made in a short amount of time.

I made Nutella S’mores Rice Krispie Treats using this recipe from Sugar Plum.  Very simple and requires no baking!