Vegan Riz W Bazella

soy free, nut free, gluten free 4 - 6 servings 20 minutes 20-30 minutes

Riz w bazella is a traditional Lebanese stew consisting of ground beef, carrots, and peas in a tomato sauced served over a rice and vermicelli pilaf. Since beef is gross af, we’re going to use Beyond Beef’s “beefy crumble” instead. It’s 100% plant protein that’s derived from pea protein isolate. Combine that with the peas and rice in this recipe, and you’re getting well over 20 grams of protein per serving!

Let’s get personal: My only concern when I first went vegan was not being able to enjoy my mother’s Lebanese cooking anymore. No more riz w sbenikh anymore? Riz w bazella? What about riz w fasolya?! I don’t know if you’ve caught on yet, but we Arabs put “riz” (rice) in everything.

Recently, more and more vegan companies have been popping out from another dimension and providing us with awesome plant-based options that can make creating traditional meaty dishes possible again.

Jeezy creezy, it’s so easy eating…peasies…okay, that was terrible.

Look, just eat your damn peas, alright? A cup of green peas can give you 8 grams of protein, and a vast array of other benefits like vitamin K, manganese, vitamin B1, copper, and vitamin C.
Usually the rice is made into a pilaf with small strands of vermicelli mixed in, but we simply didn’t have any on hand. Simple as that.

2 or 3 cups of rice, uncooked
1 package Beyond Beef Beefy Crumble, or any other plant-based beef substitute, frozen
1 lb frozen peas and carrots
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup white onion, small dice
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of allspice
salt to taste
Cook rice either over the stovetop or dump it in a rice cooker like a champ.
While the rice is cooking, heat the diced onions in the grapeseed oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat until transparent.
Add the minced garlic and cook for a minute or two, making sure the garlic doesn’t get too dark and burn.
Add the “beefy” crumble and veggies, allowing everything to warm up.
Add the tomato sauce and spices, and let everything simmer until the rice is fully cooked.