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Italian Rice with Cranberry Beans
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Italian Rice with Cranberry Beans

Serves 4-6


  • 3/4 cup dried cranberry beans
  • 2 Cups Arborio Rice
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1tsp cup salt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained
  • 3/4 cup sundried tomotoes (in oil), drained and chopped.
  • 1/4 cup flat-leafy parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for finishing salad 
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Sort beans and soak over night in bowl using 3 times as much water as beans. 
  2. The next morning, rince beans with cold water. 
  3. Put beans in sauce pan, cover with 2 inches of water and bring to a slow boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until tender. (35-45).
  5. Wash rice throughly. 
  6. In a pot place 2 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat; add onion and cook, stirring
  7. frequently, until soft. 
  8. Add rice and stir, until the grains become opague (3 minutes).
  9. Add three cups of water and salt and stir gently until liquid comes to a boil. 
  10. Cover tightly, lower heat and cook for 15 minutes. 
  11. Turn rice out into large bowl to help it cool, gently
  12. breaking any lumps. 
  13. Add lemon juice and toss ligthly to mix.
  14. Add Capers, Tomatoes, parsley and beans, 1/4 cup of
  15. Olive oil and pepper and gently toss.






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I am a married mother of three lovely daughters, 19, 12 & 10. I've studied literature, education, psychology- and ministry counseling. I Am now slowly pursuing a nutritional degree / 'drug-less practitioner' and life coaching. I earned a license to minister and degree in biblical teaching and Christian Counseling; I was ordained on CHRIST-mas day, 2011 into Non-denominational Christianity!! Jesus isn't a denomination but a following and a LOVE!! One important thing to know about me is I am not religious, but I have an awesome relationship with Christ! I am a firm believer in the whole person, body, soul and spirit, we must feed all three parts. I myself am a Christian Vegan, and my passion for both shines through, however, that is not my intentions, my intentions are to share- educate- spread awareness, love and compassion to others. I am blessed to be a blessing and hope to do so for many. - Diana *Check out my facebook page called Faith- Food & Fitness @

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  1. Veganara
    Vote no 2, sounds delicious. I have never heard of cranberry beans though, maybe we call them something else here in Britain! You may be interested in my latest recipe for Triple-Decker Pumpernickel Squares, and if you like it, please vote!
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  2. BuddhasDelight
    yum and unusual! voted :)))
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  3. Carolyn
    Vote #4! I love cranberries, but not sure what cranberry beans are either.
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  4. pftsusan
    #5 Nice to see you posting. Great recipe.
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