Rasta Rice and Peas

Makes 6 servings

Rice and beans is often called rice and peas in Jamaica – with “peas” being short for pigeon peas, a type of legume that looks like a cross between green peas and lima beans. If you can’t find pigeon peas (look for them in the canned food aisle, from brands like Goya) you can substitute red kidney beans or any other red or pink beans.

  • 1/2 cup dried pigeon peas, soaked overnight (or 1 cup cooked pigeon peas)
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked long grain white rice (or 5 cups cooked rice)
  • 2-1/2 cups vanilla soy milk
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt


In a saucepan, cook beans and soy milk over medium heat until beans are just tender, about 1-1/2 hours. Add rice, garlic, green onions, thyme, and salt. Bring to a boil and lower heat, stirring a few times to combine beans and rice. Cook until rice reaches the desired texture, about half an hour.

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Nutrition Information

Rasta Rice and Peas

Servings per Recipe: 6

Amount per Serving

Calories:  259

Calories from Fat:  

Total Fat:  1g

Saturated Fat:  0g

Cholesterol:  0g

Sodium:  436mg

Dietary Fiber:  3g

Protein:  8g

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