Red Beans and Cauliflower Rice Bowls

Red Beans and Califlower Rice Bowl

Mardi Gras is next week and while I was going to share these Red Beans and Cauliflower Rice Bowls with you next week for Meatless Monday I decided to post it this week since I know many people shop at the end of the week or the weekend for the next week. Also for those that batch cook or prep for the week posting it next Monday might be too last minute. Even though my thought for posting it last minute is that it’s a quick and simple dinner option perfect for one of those last minute pull together meals.

There are so many reasons why I love these bowls, or bowls like this one in general. They are quick, delicious, and healthy! Perfect for weeknights, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Easily customizable with small tweaks so the whole family gets something they like without a lot of extra work.

Red Beans and Califlower Rice Bowl

While I was sitting there with another bowl, which will probably be the one I post next week since I already posted on Instagram last month and was asked about it, I got to thinking about the colors. While I was making some turmeric cauliflower rice, instead of my usual roasted turmeric cauliflower, with the bright yellow color and thinking about the purple sweet potato bowl, which usually contains avocado, I was like Mardi Gras colors! A traditional dish is red beans and rice so why not to Red Beans and Cauliflower Rice. Just taking a couple favorites, put them together, and poof a perfect quick dish perfect for Mari Gras. I just love colorful whole foods, they make me smile.

Now to making the bowl in less than 20 minutes, I bet I could even do it in 15. The only thing that takes time is the sweet potatoes, the rest is less than 10 minutes. You can either bake the sweet potatoes ahead of time, they take about 30 minutes for the small purple sweet potatoes tops. Bake them while you’re food prepping for the week, if you are like me and don’t really prep you can throw them in the oven while you get ready for work, take a shower, the night before, so they are ready for you. Instead of using dried beans used canned, which is what I usually do during the week unless I know ahead to prep them which usually I don’t unless it’s taco/nacho night or the weekend. Cauliflower rice takes minutes to chop in a food processor and while that is what I use to do it’s at Trader Joe’s and even in Costco (yeah and super cheap for 2 bags) I go that route as it’s not much money and takes up less space in the fridge if I know I’ll be making cauliflower rice out of it. So you sauté your cauliflower, cook and mash your beans, and assemble your bowls, simple as that!

While this dish is vegan, gluten free, and grain free you have options as I mentioned above for customizing it. Customize from person to person, leaving off avocado or adding more, making it more or less spicy, ect. You can also customize it for your needs when you make it that day, breakfast, dinner, or lunch. As well as what you like, if you want to add a soft boiled egg on top go for it. If you want to add in some spicy tofu, go for it. It’s all about using what you have, what you like, and what YOU want! I like to provide inspirational dishes that you may or may not make exactly as I have. This isn’t like bread where if you leave out an ingredient or add one it won’t turn out. I hope you are also inspired by some of the recipes linked up below for a Meatless Monday link-up hosted by myself and Deborah of Confessions of a Mother Runner.

Red Beans and Califlower Rice Bowl

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Red Beans and Califlower Rice Bowl


Red Beans and Cauliflower Rice Bowls
Makes 4 servings
4 small purple sweet potatoes
1-2 ripe avocados
16oz cauliflower rice (can buy at Trader Joe’s or make your own in a food processor)
1.5-2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil, divided
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 15.5oz can of Dark Red Kidney Beans, low sodium
1/4c chopped yellow onion
1/8- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
sea salt and fresh ground pepper

*Optional you can also add a soft boiled egg on top.


Preheat oven to 350F. Wash sweet potatoes and wrap in foil. Bake potatoes for 30-45 minutes, until soft. Remove from the oven, leave wrapped and set aside. Rinse and drain the beans. In a skilled heat half to 1 tablespoon of oil and sauté onion, add beans and warm 3-4 minutes. Blend 1/3 to 1/2 of mixture in mini food processor (or you can smash with a fork) with 1 TBSP water return to pan and stir in with whole beans. Stir in cayenne pepper, sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste. In While the beans are cooking in another skillet heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Grate in garlic, and add cauliflower, sauté until tender, only takes about 5 minutes. Stir in turmeric and a pinch of sea salt. Remove foil from sweet potatoes and either cut in half and place one in each bowl if you want to keep the skins or remove from skin and place fork mashed sweet potatoes in 4 bowls, add cauliflower and beans. Slice avocado and top each bowl with 1/4-1/2 an avocado. If you’d like you can also add a soft boiled egg, in this case it was over cooked, as noted above. Enjoy!
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Red Beans and Cauliflower Rice Bowls are simple, healthy, and delicious (gluten free, grain free, vegan) bowls great for dinner, lunch, breakfast, and Mardi Gras!



Spreading the Meatless Monday love I’m also linking up with  Running on Happy and The Fit Foodie Mama!

40 Responses to Red Beans and Cauliflower Rice Bowls

  1. Courtney says:

    This looks amazing– so simple, but full of deliciousness!
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  2. Barrie says:

    I love the color of those sweet potatoes! I have never seen them, but I want to- this bowl is so pretty, and looks yummy too of course!

    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      I use to have to order in at my local grocery store but Trader Joe’s has been carrying them! Of course they were out last week but I’m hoping they are back soon!

  3. Beans and rice is one of my go to dinners. Love the purple potatoes too. Have a great meatless Monday
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  4. Shaheen says:

    This is lovely, the purple mash sweet potato is inviting too and I don’t really like mashed potatoes. I like also how your roasted it in the oven as it maintained the colour

    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you! I’m not a mashed potato person but I love sweet potatoes and I will fork mash them but not a fan of a smoothie texture with them.

  5. vicki says:

    This looks really good… a bowl full of goodness! Love the purple sweet potatoes in there.
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  6. I literally never know when Mardi Gras is 😛 Thanks for the reminder!

  7. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!! Thanks for filling the interwebs with your deliciousness 🙂
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  8. Taylor Kiser says:

    Love all the colors in this bowl! This is perfect for meatless Monday! Great giveaway for your blogiversary! Congrats!
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  9. Rachel says:

    This looks amazing. I bet it’s super flavorful, too!

  10. I love that not only is this a great bowl to enjoy for any meal, it’s super colorful and perfect for Mardi Gras!
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  11. Emily Kyle says:

    I am in love with how beautiful these bowls turned out! I especially love the purple color from the potatoes, looks like the perfect Mardi Gras treat!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you! I was so excited when Trader Joe’s started carrying purple sweet potatoes since I had to request them otherwise at our grocery store but the last 2 weeks they haven’t had them. 🙁

  12. This looks delicious! Right up my alley!!

  13. Jenn says:

    The perfect Mardi Gras dish! Love those purple potatoes – festive, delicious and healthy!

    And congrats on 4 years!!
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  14. RFC says:

    As a vegetarian, I love the meatless Monday posts! This bowl not only looks delicious, but the colors are absolutely gorgeous!
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you! It’s so good. Stop by every Monday for our Meatless Monday link up there are always a lot of inspiring recipes!

  15. Laura says:

    I love everything in this bowl! So yummy!

  16. Maria says:

    What a pretty bowl! I love purple potatoes 🙂
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  17. great meatless monday option and I love all the different colors, I swear that makes a meal more fun
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  18. This bowl looks absolutely delish!! Love all the colours here and I will definitely be putting an egg on top.
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  19. What a fun twist on red beans and rice! I love that you used purple sweet potatoes – I really need to look for those.
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Thank you! I’ve been finding the purple sweet potatoes at Trader Joes! Sometimes my Whole Foods carries them but usually I would have to request them at a local store until they started showing up recently at TJ’s.

  20. I totally spaced and didn’t realize Mardi Gras was coming up until I was at the park today and people were randomly giving away those bead necklaces and I was so confused haha 😉
    This sounds great for the occasion or any time really. I really like the purple sweet potato, it lends such a pretty colour. And I’m all for quick meals. When I’m in a hurry, I normally boil my potatoes instead of baking, totally cuts the time down. Not quite as tasty, but it works.
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    • awhiskandtwowands says:

      Yep Tuesday! I either know or I realize the morning of.
      I usually try to bake them but if I’m in a hurry I do cook them in the microwave. I don’t usually boil potatoes for some reason.

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