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Feed your family a fast, nutritious & delicious meal with this Quick Cuban Dinner. It's sure to please everyone and is a great choice for the young athletes in your home. 
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Vegetarian Beans and Rice Dinner

This quick, plant based meal is full of flavor and great nutrition. It's a perfect meal for a busy night to feed your family, including teen athletes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Entree, Vegetarian
Cuisine: Latin
Keyword: beans and rice, plantains, quick dinner ideas, vegetarian casserole
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Jenna Braddock, RD


  • 1 package Knorr® Fiesta Sides - Yellow Rice
  • 5 very ripe, yellow plantains (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or oil of your choice)
  • 2 cans low sodium black beans drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup low or reduced sodium vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large tomato small diced
  • 1 green bell pepper small diced
  • ½ yellow onion small diced
  • ¼ cup loosely packed cilantro minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lime juiced


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large, rimmed baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper to cover.
  • Peel plantains and slice at an angle into ½” thick pieces. Toss cut plantains with coconut oil (or oil of your choice) and arrange on baking sheet in single layer. Do not overcrowd the pan. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until plantains are soft and edges become golden brown. Turn on the broiler and broil plantains for 1 minute directly under heat to complete cooking. Let cool.
  • Meanwhile, in a saucepan, add black beans, low or reduced sodium vegetable stock, tomato paste, oregano, and garlic. Stir together and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook for at least 10 minutes, but can continue simmering until all of dinner is ready.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine tomato, bell pepper, onion, cilantro, olive oil, and lime juice. Toss to combine.
  • In a second saucepan, make the Knorr® Fiesta Sides - Yellow Rice according to the directions. When cooking is complete, remove from heat and set aside.
  • Assemble dinner by dishing rice with beans on top. Then top beans with at least ½ cup pico. Place 4-6 plantain slices on plate. Serve and enjoy.


Choose very yellow plantains with brown spots. It is good for plantains to be brown and soft.