Recipe: Coconut Rice and Beans

This post is sponsored by Goya Foods. 

Coconut Rice and Beans | Freckled Italian

Maybe it's my mile-long to-do list or how tired I've been recently (or a combination of both), but I've been really into simple, delicious meals that come together in one pot pretty quickly. Usually I'll make a pot of rice to have on hand but most of the time it's pretty plain so I can pair it with whatever protein or veggie I'm in the mood for, but the other day I decided to add some garlic and coconut milk and pair it with lots of fresh green onion and some beans for a complete meal.

Coconut Rice and Beans | Freckled Italian


  • 1 1/2 cups dry rice (I used Goya brown rice)
  • 1 13.5-ounce can of coconut milk
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of water or broth (I love using broth instead of water to cook my rice--so much extra flavor!)
  • A big pinch of salt
  • 1 13.5-ounce can of beans (I used Goya cannellini beans)
  • 2-3 green onions, sliced
  • A sprinkle of smoked paprika


  1. In a medium pot, combine rice, coconut milk, garlic, and water or broth. (If you like to rinse your rice before you cook it go ahead and do that first). Give everything a stir and bring to a boil with a big pinch of salt. 
  2. Reduce heat to lowest setting and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to rest for a few minutes before fluffing with a fork.
  3. Drain the can of beans and add to the rice, or set aside to serve alongside the rice later. Add half of the green onions and stir. Transfer everything to serving dishes and top with smoked paprika and some more green onion (you could also use cilantro--or both--if you like it).
Coconut Rice and Beans | Freckled Italian

I've been trying to get back into the swing of posting recipes on the blog but with the baby and the cookbook coming out I've been a little busy recently, so I'm really excited to be sharing this simple but delicious dish with you for the Meatless Monday campaign to promote Goya's "Can Do" initiative. For every can of Goya Coconut Milk purchased in November and December, Goya will donate products to Feeding America. The food will then be distributed to families in need at local food banks across the country. The "Can Do" campaign is part of Goya Gives, a national initiative committed to supporting local communities through social and environmental causes. By the end of the year, Goya will donate at least 600,000 pounds of food--something to think about the next time you're at the grocery store!

Coconut Rice and Beans | Freckled Italian