Cheaty, spicy rice and beans!

I’m having a new kitchen put in at the moment so I’m cooking out of my garage with an oven and hob that won’t work at the same time – it fuses the circuit! So this is a cheaty recipe because I’m using a few pre-prepared ingredients, and I’m doing it all in the oven. But by all means cook your own rice from scratch and chop your own squash – I would normally – and it would work equally well on the hob I am sure – providing it doesn’t fuse your circuit!

Spicy Rice and Beans


I used a Lidl Microwave, Mexican Rice
  • 1 tin butter beans
  • Handful cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 pack ready cut butternut squash & sweet potato (about 175gr)
  • Kernels off 1 corn cob 
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp ancho chilli flakes 
  • 1/2tsp spicy paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules 
  • Salt & pepper
  • Packet ready cooked rice 
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • Olive oil
  • Greek yoghurt and coriander to serve (optional)


Stir the spices and vegetables together in the hot oil (preferably not in your garage)!
  1. Heat oil in frying pan or wide based casserole.
  2. Add all the ingredients except the rice and tomato puree and stir to coat in the oil.
  3. Put in a preheated oven 180c for 30 mins or so until the vegetables are softened, stirring occasionally and adding a little water and covering if it gets too dry. Some of the beans will burst and go crispy – all to the good!
  4. Once the vegetables are soft add the rice, the tomato purée and a big slosh of water and return to the oven, covered, for 10 mins until moist and piping hot.
  5. Serve with a few dollops of Greek yoghurt on top and some chopped coriander if you have some (I didn’t). Delicious with some roast or grilled chicken and sriracha.

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