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Vegetarian or Vegan Crockpot Recipe: Navy Beans And Rice

Updated on May 10, 2013
4 stars from 4 ratings of Vegetarian Crockpot Recipe: Navy Beans and Rice

This easy recipe is healthy, low fat and delicious. My kids usually eat several bowls full.

You can put it in the crockpot in the morning and have a healthy and hearty meal ready when you come home.

Just be sure to soak the navy beans the night before and you'll be ready to go!

This meal is easy and the whole family will ask for seconds!
This meal is easy and the whole family will ask for seconds! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 8 hours
Ready in: 8 hours 30 min
Yields: 8 to 10 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound (16 ounces) Dried Navy Beans
  • 5 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 and 1/2 Cup White or Brown Rice
  • 4 Whole Carrots
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • Sprig Rosemary
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tablespoon Thyme
  • To Taste Pepper
  • To Taste Salt

Instructions

  1. Soak the navy beans overnight according to package. Drain soaked beans in a collander and rinse. Pour beans into ready crockpot.
  2. Add vegetable broth
  3. Turn on Crockpot while you prepare other ingredients.
  4. Peel carrots and cut into thin, circular slices. Add to crock pot.
  5. Peel and dice onion and add to the beans and carrots.
  6. Add bayleaf, sprig of rosemary and thyme. Note: If you prefer, you can put the bayleaf and rosemary into a mesh cooking bag and then add it to the pot.
  7. Add rice and stir.
  8. Add one cup of water and cover.
  9. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  10. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  11. Ready to serve immediately. Be careful. It's hot!
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Cup
Calories 366
Calories from Fat18
% Daily Value *
Fat 2 g3%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 69 g23%
Sugar 6 g
Fiber 16 g64%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 512 mg21%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Nutritional Reference Points

  • Very low in saturated fat
  • No cholesterol
  • High in dietary fiber
  • High in manganese
  • High in thiamin
  • High in vitamin A
  • Very high in vitamin B6

Cooking Notes

  • Quick Soak

If you have forgotten to soak the beans the night before, you can quick soak them in the morning.

Add beans to about 5 cups of water. Bring everything to a boil. Cover the boiling pot and remove from heat.

Allow beans and water to sit for 45 minutes to an hour.

Drain in a collander.

Continue with recipe.

  • Substitutions

This recipe lends itself very well to subsitutions.

  • Don't have an onion?

Try adding some celery and a little onion powder.

  • Don't like rice?

Peel and cut 2 medium sized potatoes into cubes and add them instead.

  • Want a different bean?

Try a pound of lima beans or Great Northerns instead.

  • Reducing gassiness

If gas bubbles are an issue when you eat beans, there are ways to ease the discomfort.

  • Be sure to discard the soak water from the beans and rinse the beans thoroughly.
  • You can soak the beans with a bit of vinegar as well.
  • Add beans to your diet gradually. If you haven't been eating a lot of beans, you should try adding them to your diet slowly, in combination with other foods. Once your body gets used to beans, the gas problems will reduce.
  • Eat with bread. Adding a bit of bread to a meal with beans will help soak up some of the gas bubbles and reduce discomfort.

You can substitute different kinds of beans in this dish.  It's fun to play around with it.
You can substitute different kinds of beans in this dish. It's fun to play around with it. | Source

Serving Ideas

The final dish should have a thick, soup consistency. Serve with crusty bread or a multigrain roll.

My family likes to sprinkle cheese on the top. Adding cheese may satisfy the pickier eaters in your family.

Try Kraft Fat-Free Shredded Cheddar or Sargento Reduced Fat Shredded Sharp Cheddar.

Storage and Freezing Ideas

This dish stores well in tightly-sealed containers.

You can also freeze it for up to three months.

  • Time Saving Tip

Divide leftovers into single serve containers or freezer bags. Then you have a quick and easy lunch that's healthy and delicious.

Budget Friendly

If you're watching your spending (and who isn't these days), this recipe provides a very inexpensive alternative.

The ingredients all together can typically be bought for under $20. Coupons or Buy One Get One Sales make it an even better deal.

Beans, in general, are a perfect food, combining high nutrition, fiber and vitamins at a bargain price.

Did You Know?

Beans are considered one of the perfect foods.

Dietary experts suggest we eat at least three cups of beans a week!

Beans have been shown to help you lose weight and prevent diseases.

Adding beans to your diet is cheap, easy and good for you!

Navy Beans and Rice is great dish to start you on the path to healthy eating.

It is easy to make and nutrient dense.

This dish is perfect to make for vegetarian friends or family members.

It is also great for vegetarian night or flexitarians

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      Nice and healthy recipe. Thanks for sharing. Will surely try this out.

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      L C David 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for stopping by, passionate77!

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      passionate77 4 years ago

      very nice and thoroughly written recipe, great work LCD writer. thanks for sharing !

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      L C David 4 years ago from Florida

      Beans are a very versatile ingredient! I'm trying to add them to my family's meals as much as possible.

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      Shariful Islam 4 years ago from Bangladesh

      Great job and I am inspired to take this delicious food item. Voted UP and pinned.

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      L C David 4 years ago from Florida

      I do too. Crockpots have been a lifesaver for me as we are so busy!

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      regina r drasher 4 years ago from drums, pa

      Sounds like a wonderful meal! I love using my crock pot. Thanks for another great idea!

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      L C David 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks so much leslie. It's something that is cheap and simple. My kids also like the version with potatoes in it instead of rice. I tend to just use what I have on hand.

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      lesliebyars 4 years ago

      Sounds delicious. I will try this next time I go to Target. Thanks and voted this hub up, up and away!!

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      L C David 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks My Cook Book! We had this last night. There are so many great recipes to try. I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Dil Vil 4 years ago from India

      Good recipe, the hub was well written as well. I will try this one, thanks for sharing!