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Vegetable and Rice Skillet Meal

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 8 cups
Nutrition Facts: View label


1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon diced fresh ginger or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cumin
2 cups chopped mixed vegetables (try cauliflower, peppers, carrots or peas)
1 large potato, diced
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups water
1 can (15.5 ounces) kidney beans, drained and rinsed


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat (300 degrees F in an electric skillet).
  2. Add onion, ginger, turmeric and cumin, and stir while cooking for 1 minute.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat.
  4. Simmer 20 to 25 minutes. Serve hot.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.


  • For added flavor and texture, add ½ cup raisins or diced apples with the vegetables.
  • Try using brown rice instead of white rice. Increase the water to 3 cups and the simmering time to 45 minutes.
  • Cook your own dry beans. One can (15 ounces) is about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups drained beans.


I added raisins to the vegetables and it really gave the recipe a little extra flavor!

Although this dish wasn't the best looking (I used cauliflower and carrots for the 2 cups of veggies), it tasted AWESOME! And not to mention, it was so easy to make! I'll definitely try again and add raisins. 

This dish was a great way to break out of our dinnertime rut.  It smelled wonderful when it was cooking and tasted great as well.  I used brown rice and it did take longer to simmer and required more water than what the recipe called for.  Next time I make this with brown rice, I will add the vegetables and beans after the rice has had about 15 minutes to simmer because by the time the rice was done, the vegetables and beans were a little overcooked.

GREAT recipe!!!  My whole family REALLY loved it.  I did start cooking in a cast iron skillet for which I didn't have a lid so i had to add foil to finish cooking it.  We didn't have turmeric and it still tasted great.  I love how you can really sub whatever you want in this recipe!  We used 1/2 a cauliflower and 1/2 a red pepper.  And topped with low-fat plain yogurt.

I made this recipe last night for dinner and we really enjoyed it. I used cauliflower and red pepper (frozen from last year's garden) for the vegetables and freekah (sort of like bulgur) instead of rice since I had some on hand. I think I'll add more vegetables and a bit more of the spices next time. I think some red chili pepper flakes would be nice, too. Thanks for this great "base" recipe.

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