Coconut Rice and Beans

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 3, 2009


I love experimenting with rice and beans.  They don’t have to be boring, as their reputation generally suggests!  These were excellent.  The pineapple juice gave just enough sweetness to balance the coconut milk.  We will certainly have this again!

I also cooked up some extra beans and I put them into the freezer so I can quickly incorporate them into a future meal!

1 15 oz. can of lite coconut milk ($1.39) Used coupon in this week’s newspaper for Thai kitchen products!
About 1/3 cup of pineapple juice from a can of pineapple ($.25-ish)
1/2 cup of water
1 cup uncooked white rice ($.20)
Salt/Pepper, to taste
2 cups cooked pinto beans ($.40)
4 carrot sticks, peeled and cut into circles ($.40)
Honey drizzles ($.25)
2 broccoli heads ($.74) On sale for $1.48/bunch this week!

(1/2. Cook about 1 cup of pinto beans in 6 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to medium high. Cover and cook for 1.5 -2 hours, or until beans are soft. Remove from heat, drain liquid.)
1. In medium saucepan, bring coconut milk, pineapple juice and water to a rolling boil. Add 1 cup of rice and return to boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium low and cook for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for 5 more minutes (do not uncover!). Fluff with fork before adding the beans.
2. Combine beans and rice in saucepan.
3. Steam carrots in steamer, or cook in 1/2 cup of water in small saucepan. Drizzle with honey to sweeten them up a smidge!
4. Steam broccoli in stovetop steamer or in microwavable bowl covered with plastic wrap.
5. Serve Coconut Rice and Beans with Honey Sweetened Carrots and Steamed Broccoli!

Cost $2.24

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Alta September 4, 2009 at 7:01 am

LOVE coconut milk. It turns ordinary “meh” meals into “wow”! When I’m making a steamed rice dish to go on the side, often I’ll make coconut rice. Even fancier if you toast a little shredded coconut to top the rice! This looks yummy.


Nancy September 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Great idea! Thanks!


Hope :) September 4, 2009 at 8:41 am

This looks great. I’m always up for coconut rice! :)


Alyssa September 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm

I have a SILLY question — did you use instant white rice or regular white rice??? Can’t wait to try this recipe!


Erin September 4, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I always use regular white rice. It’s MUCH cheaper!


Kitsel September 5, 2009 at 12:50 pm

This sounds very yummy! I’m hoping my kids like it, too, so I can add it to my list of “regulars” while cutting our food budget. Thanks for sharing.


Fruitfulvine2 September 5, 2009 at 9:31 pm

We do a similar recipe without the pineapple and using blackeye peas. Tastes awesome. As a matter of fact everything tastes awesome to me with coconut milk. LOL!


Shelly September 7, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Would you be able to use Jasmine Rice with this? I am in love with Jasmine and won’t go back to regular white rice.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom September 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Absolutely! Just follow the directions on the box…replacing the coconut milk for some of the liquid that’s indicated on the box.


Jenelle September 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I like your idea of also adding the pinapple juice. This will be on our menu next week. Thanks for another great idea!



Sassy Stephanie September 13, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Mmmm. Made this last night with some steamed dill green beans and steamed carrots. Everyone loved it.


danielle July 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I want to make this tonight but I only have canned beans. Have any suggestions on when I should add them to the rice? Can I throw everything in a slow cooker instead? Thanks!


Diane March 16, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Would this work with brown rice and a rice steamer?


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