Skinny Bites: Not your typical Rice&Beans


Even though I’m currently battling the snow (and craziness) of New York Fashion Week, of course I didn’t forget about my Sunday food post!! I prepared it in advance last week to have ready to share with you all today. This is one of my favorite healthy meals. I think I sort of just invented it. It is delish over brown rice and keeps in the fridge for days. I eat this a lot and like I said I’m doing these posts because I really wanted to share things that make at home myself, quick and healthy!


Let talk brown rice. You can buy it already frozen in packs which I do sometimes, but I’m picky about my rice. I love the fragrant rices. Basmati is my favorite. Well, who has time to wait 50 minutes for rice to cook. So I started thinking if you can buy it frozen why can’t I freeze it myself? I looked online and was so excited to find out you can! (you can find anything online these days.)


Here’s how to do it:

1. I made the largest batch on the back of the rice package I had. (2 cups rice, 3 1/2 cups water, 8-10 servings)
2. Follow directions to cook rice. You can add flavor if you want, or leave it plain. I used 2 tsp of Knorr chicken boullion. You could also cook rice with 1/2chicken broth, 1/2 water if you have some handy.
3. Let rice cool a bit, then put into ziplock freezer bags while still warm (this will keep the rice moist) and put in freezer.
4. I got 5- 1cup bags out of my batch. How cool is that? I have rice for 5 dinners or lunches and it was so easy


Once you have your rice ready you will need:
Green onion
Cherry or grape tomatoes
1 can cannellini beans
Lemon juice
Olive oil
Garlic salt
Ground pepper


1. Rinse beans under cold running water and let drain.
2. Place asparagus in boiling water and turn down so they are not boiling too hard. Check often. You want them to be
firm and not mushy. When they are ready, drain and let sit in cold water a bit, then pat dry.
3. Cut up all ingredients


Place all ingredients in a bowl. Drizzle on some olive oil, a little lemon juice and season to taste. I used a little garlic salt and
cracked pepper.
Now just put atop your brown rice and you have a healthy, delicious lunch or light dinner. I always love to add a little avocado too!

You have the beans for protein, and the rice for fiber and bulk (which will fill you up) Feel free to add any other vegetables that you like. It’s fun to invent! It’s also a great work lunch because you can take to work without having to heat up.
Just pop a bag of rice in microwave before you leave. Put in a container, salad on top and you’re ready to go!
Hope you enjoy!! Let me know if you try it or add anything else to make your own twist on it!


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Skinny Bites: Not your typical Rice&Beans


  1. Giulia says:

    Wow, thanks for the idea…it looks delicious..I have to try :)

  2. Anna says:

    That’s so original, I;m pretty tired of eating the same thing at School , I’ll definitely be trying this one out! :)

  3. Looks delish and super healthy! Tell me, are you one of those people that always eats healthy?

    Love your blog, by the way. Would be delighted if you checked out mine. :))


  4. Well Living BLog says:

    Oh this looks amazing Shea ! I am going to try it definitely !!
    Have a nice sunday , gorgeous !

    XX Luba

    :: Well Living Blog ::

  5. Winter says:

    I love this idea! Everything looks so delicious and fresh–you must be a great cook! xo Winter

  6. Alexa says:

    yum! will definitely try this !! looks delicious.

  7. Claudia says:

    I love your Sunday skinny bite section. I made the yogurt-oatmeal pancakes and felt in love with the recipe.

  8. i love that you started doing these…i can’t eat everything all the time and still fit into small sizes, eating healthy is importhat to me. i am making the pancackes you posted earlier this morning

  9. Sara Morais says:

    I will definitely try this one… I’m trying to eat healthier and I think this will work perfectly fine :) Thank you for sharing Shea!

    xoxo, Sara *

  10. Cant’s wait to try this salad! Looks so easy!

  11. Caroline says:

    yum yum totally food for me !! thank you for this recipe :)

  12. Mira says:

    Looks super delicious. I will definitely try this :)



  13. Princess A says:

    Will definitely try this recipe. & I see asparagus!! One of my favorites.
    Eating healthy is always good :)
    Thank you for sharing!

  14. Radka says:

    Amazing post! I love your sunday food posts but of course I love the others too. I will definitely try this recipe :) Hope you´re enjoying NYFW!

  15. courtney says:

    YUM. This looks delish!

    from Hollywood, CA

  16. Pauline says:

    I often do a very similar recipe, it’s one of my favorite meals!

  17. Chantelle says:

    Wowowow this is awesome. I’m in med school so we’re short on cooking time, but I also detest frozen pre-made foods. Knowing I can just make my own and have it prepared in advanced is so so helpful. Thanks for sharing this!

  18. B. says:

    This truly looks yummy. I think I know what my dinner will be tomorrow :)

    Breathe Me

  19. andreea says:

    it looks so yummy

  20. Vamessa says:

    yummi that looks delicious and healthy!

  21. Sabaa says:

    I would never thought of freezing rice, but it’s great idea.

  22. Delabelle says:

    Thank you so much for this! I am always looking for something different and I already have all of these ingredients at home! Whoop whoop!

  23. Darin says:

    Hey! Great recipes! Can you send me this recipes via email?

  24. Maddalena says:

    Great summer recipe!!Thank you Shea, I’ll try it for sure, it’s an alternative rice salad or “insalata di riso” for Italians follower! I have some difficulty to find brown basmati rice…is it the same if I use basmati rice (white)? Why do you prefer the brown one? thank you very much, these posts are very interesting, you are a great blogger!!

  25. Looks delicious! I wanna try that!
    Goin tofollow you to check out all these posts!

  26. Shea Marie says:

    Hi! You can use white basmati or any rice you wish. I use brown rice because I like the chewy and nutty texture. It does not have the hull removed, so is more nutritious. I use white basmati also depending on what I’m making.

  27. Love rice beans!!! I like you to cooking!!

  28. corriegabs says:

    Looks delish! I cannot wait to try!

  29. Kristen says:

    I made a big batch of this for lunches all week last night. I added cilantro to the mix and it is so delish! I feel like I ate a lot and I’m not overly stuffed. Awesome idea.

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