Vegan Shiitake Mushroom Beans and Rice

Beans and rice; probably the cheapest meal you can make, vegan or not. I used to make this delicious dish all the time as a starving student. It’s easy and inexpensive to make, but it’s also very nutritious, low in fat, protein-rich, fiber-rich, and satisfying.

This savory dish is an Asian-inspired take on beans and rice. The rice is infused with rich bouillon and shitake mushrooms burst with garlicky flavour while adding a meaty texture. Add a side of garlic sautéed kale to make this a meal.

Asian Shiitake Mushroom Beans and Rice

Time to make: 45 minutes
Makes 4 servings

Shitake Mushroom, Beans and Rice with a sprinkling of kale chiffonade and Sriracha hot sauce.

Shitake Mushroom, Beans n’ Rice with a sprinkling of kale chiffonade and Sriracha hot sauce.


  • 1 cup basmati brown rice, uncooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube (such as McCormick’s All-Vegetable Beef Bouillon – yes, it’s vegan)
  • 1-3 large shiitake mushrooms, minced (if you can’t find shiitake mushrooms, go for your favourite flavourful variety)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoons powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of cooked kidney beans.


In a large pot, combine water, rice, and bouillon cube; set heat to high and cover.

In a bowl, mix the mushrooms, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and salt.

Mushroom and seasonings for vegan beans and rice

Mushroom mixture…if you could only smell how yummy this is!

Once the rice comes to a rolling boil, add the mushroom mixture and kidney beans, then set the heat to medium-low.  Simmer for about 30 minutes or until the rice is tender and all the liquid has been absorbed.

Mix the cooked rice and let cool for a few minutes before serving. And there you have it! Vegan beans and rice…but awesomized.

Vegan Beans and Rice with Shitake Mushrooms all cooked up!

Mushroom, Beans n’ Rice all cooked up!


Nutrition Information per serving (1/4 recipe – about 1 cup)

Calories: 250; Total Fat: 3.3g (Saturated Fat: 0.4g, Polysaturated Fat: 0.9g, Monosaturated Fat: 0.7g); Cholesterol: 0.0mg; Sodium: 1241mg; Potassium: 319mg; Carbohydrates: 48g (Dietary Fiber: 5.9, Sugars: 1.8); Protein: 7.1g

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