Beans and rice have a long history as a winning food combination. Rice is a starchy carbohydrate that provides B vitamins and iron. Beans are loaded with protein and fiber, which make you feel full, fueled, and less likely to overeat. Beans are also considered to be a superfood ~ they are chock full of fiber, folate, iron, manganese magnesium, and potassium; and they are cholesterol- and fat-free. Beans are also high in vitamins A and C. Sounds perfect, right? Well, they almost are...however, beans are not a “complete" protein because they lack some essential amino acids. Most beans are low in methionine and high in lysine, while rice is low in lysine and high in methionine. Combining rice with beans for your meal, in the right balance, give you a complete plant-based protein. Chef Soraya has done that for you! Recent studies have shown that a plant-based diet can be good for your heart. This is a diet that is primarily made up of vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, beans and meat substitutes (such as soy). Studies suggest that this type of diets may decrease your chances of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Of course, please check with your physician before making any major dietary changes!