Rice & Quinoa Recipes

Jamaican Rice and Peas

Jamaican Rice and Peas Vegan Meal Prep My Body My Kitchen Caribbean Easy

Many Caribbean countries have a version of rice and peas.  Typically, the dish is cooked in coconut milk or vegetable broth along with aromatics like onions, thyme and peppers.  In Trinidad and Tobago the pigeon pea is usually the legume of choice like in this Trinidadian pelau recipe. While in the Jamaican version you’ll most likely get kidney beans.

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Caribbean Okra & Rice

Caribbean Okra and Rice with Coconut Milk (gluten free, vegan)

As the summer draws to a close, I’m trying to take advantage of the fruits and vegetables that are in season.  Okra is one of those vegetables. During this summer I’ve eaten more okra than ever before in my entire life. Did you see my Cajun Roasted Okra?  Another one of the recipes that came out of my new love for okra was this Caribbean okra and rice. This dish is very popular in the Caribbean.  While working on it I got flashbacks to Sunday lunch with family in Trinidad. The smell of sauteed onions and garlic in bubbling coconut milk makes me think of home.  

Think back to some of the food smells of your childhood. Are there any dishes that instantly take you back to your childhood?

Okra and Rice with Cajun Salmon and Sauteed Spinach (gluten free)

Try this dish with your favorite meat, fish or green vegetables.

Prep Time: 15 minutes . Cook Time:  +30 minutes . Yield: Serves 6
1 1/2 Cup Brown Rice
1/2 Lbs Okra, cut into 1/2-inch thick pieces
1 Cup Reduced Fat Coconut Milk
1 1/2 Cup Water
1 Cup Yellow Onion, chopped
3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1 Whole Scotch Bonnet Pepper
2 to 3 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
1 Tsp Olive Oil
Salt and Black Pepper to taste

1. In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, thyme and bell peppers. Saute for about 3-5 minutes until onions are translucent.

Note: If you don’t have a non-stick skillet/pot you can add more oil, but I recommend in that case to reduce the amount of coconut milk.

2. Add rice and toss with the cooked vegetables for 1-2 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

3. Add water, coconut milk and whole scotch bonnet pepper; bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook covered until rice is tender; refer to the rice packaging for cook time. Some types of brown rice take 40-50 minutes to cook.

4. Stir in okra during the last 15 minutes of the rice cook time; add more water if necessary.

5. Fluff with a fork; serve warm.

Nutrition per Serving (approx 3/4 Cup): 128 Cals; 18g Carb; 5g Fat; 8g Protein; 3g Dietary Fiber
Nutrition calculated using the MyFitnessPal Recipe Importer
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Cajun Veggie Rice

Celery, onion and bell peppers are considered to the "Holy Trinity" of Cajun cuisine.  These aromatic vegetables along with an array of spices and cooking techniques are the building blocks of any authentic Cajun meal.   This rice recipe is very simple and incorporates the Holy Trinity along with the MBMK Cajun Seasoning Blend.

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Cashew Quinoa

Cashew Quinoa

Add some excitement to your quinoa with this simple recipe.  It's our cashew quinoa with sun dried tomatoes.  Yum! This recipe is vegan and gluten-free and will go great with any of our vegetable dishes.

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Trinidadian Chicken Pelau

Trinidadian Chicken Pelau

Chicken pelau (/pəˈlaʊ/) is a very popular one-pot dish in Trinidad and Tobago;  it's this country's version of a pilaf and is packed with flavor.   We're sharing with you our take of this dish where we use brown rice.  This flavorful dish makes a complete meal with the addition of a fresh green salad or vegetables.  This recipe is gluten-free.

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Red Cabbage Rice


Here's another quick one--red cabbage rice! We're always looking for ways to make brown rice more interesting and in this recipe we've added some red cabbage and green onions for additional color and flavor; we even snuck some ginger in there as well.  Try this dish with any of our other vegetable or meat recipes.  This dish is naturally gluten-free, vegan and freezer-friendly.

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Bok Choy Fried Rice


Our bok choy fried rice is packed with flavor and sneaks in some extra greens.  Bok choy (also known as pak choy or chinese cabbage) is a leafy vegetable that is available all year round but is most abundant in the winter months.  In this recipe, we combine it with brown rice, spices and ginger to create a protein-packed fried rice dish.  Try this dish with any of our other vegetable or meat recipes.  Omit the eggs and chicken breast to make this a vegan-friendly recipe.   You can also consider adding tofu as a source of protein.

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Yellow Rice with Red Bell Peppers

Yellow rice! Yay!  Here is a simple way to transform your brown rice into a tasty bowl of yellow yumminess!  This recipe is gluten-free and vegan-friendly.   Try this dish with our baked chicken and our sautéed spinach.  In Peckings: A Taste of the Caribbean, we have an even yummier version of this yellow rice recipe.

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Black Beans, Carrots & Rice

Here's another way you can add some color and flavor to rice.  In addition to being flavorful, this recipe includes black beans that add a little extra protein.  The dish is gluten-free, vegan and ideal for meal prep.  Try it with our MBMK style steamed broccoli.

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Green, Red & Yellow Rice

Red, Yellow & Green Rice
This rice recipe is very colorful and packed with flavor: red bell peppers, green onions, corn and cilantro. This recipe is gluten free and vegan.
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Green Vegetable Rice

Brown Rice green vegetables peppers onions
Sneak some extra green veggies into your meal with this rice recipe: lightly sauteeed green bell peppers, green onions and celery.  Yes, please!  This recipe is gluten free and vegan.

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Dirty Rice with Turkey

Turkey Dirty Brown Rice
This recipe is one of our favorites here at MBMK.  A yummy, creole dish made with brown rice, ground turkey, spices and vegetables.  Great way to add vegetables to kids' meals. Enjoy it by itself or with any of our vegetable recipes. This dish is gluten free.
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Butternut Squash Parsley Rice

butternut squash parsley brown rice
This butternut squash and parsely rice is excellent for meal prep. It's an easy way to squeeze more vegetables into your meals. This recipe is gluten free and vegan!

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Pineapple Jalapeno Cilantro Rice

Pineapple Cilantro Jalapeno Rice
This dish is a great way to add creativity to your brown rice repertoire.  The pineapple-cilantro-jalapeno combo packs so much flavor into every spoonful.  This recipe is gluten-free, vegan and is an excellent option meal prep.
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