Cheesy Kidney Bean and Brown Rice Bake – Gluten Free

by Sharon on July 29, 2018

This Cheesy Kidney Bean and Brown Rice Bake is an easy, clean eating, yet tasty vegetarian casserole the whole family will love. Leftovers are great for tomorrows lunch! This is one of those healthy, high protein dinner recipes that still feels like comfort foods. This post also includes my fool proof methods for cooking perfect brown rice.

Cheesy Kidney Bean and Brown Rice Bake


If you are searching for a family friendly, vegetarian dinner recipe then look no further! Today I have for you one of those gems that does double duty as both dinner and then packed up for tomorrow’s lunch.

This casserole reheats beautifully and I think it¬†even tastes better the next day as the flavours have had some time to mingle. ūüėČ

It’s packed with beans and eggs giving you some vegetarian protein power to sustain you.

I really like this dish.


Cheesy Kidney Bean and Brown Rice Bake

The protein comes from eggs and kidney beans, which I got from a can. The beans that is, not the eggs.

I’ve still got to¬†get on that ‘preparing of my own beans’ situation.

Soon it will be on my bucket list, along with seeing the Terracotta Warriors if I put it off any longer!

Cheesy Kidney Bean and Brown Rice Bake

This bake is super simple especially if you already have some cooked brown rice like I did.

When I made this Spinach Dahl last week I cooked up a little extra brown rice to make life easier for me.

It’s always a good idea to cook up some extra grains when you are making them. There is always a salad or casserole that you can throw them into. I find if I have something already prepped and ready to go in the fridge I’m more likely to reach for the healthier option.

Consider it healthy fast food. ūüôā


Wondering the  best method to cook brown rice? I have two fool proof ways to cooking up the perfect grain:

Stove top Method for Easy Brown Rice

Instant Pot Method for Easy Brown Rice


Cooked brown rice in a measuring cup

Dice up your veggies and mince up your garlic.

I used red onion, celery and red pepper but use whatever veggies you like.

Chopped red onions, celery, bell pepeprs and minced garlic on a green cutting board.

Heat some olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add in the veggies with sea salt and pepper and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.

Add in the garlic, then add in the chili powder.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients.

I added a tablespoon of adobo sauce that was leftover from my Chipotle Chicken Salad .

Spoonful of adobo sauce in front of a mixing bowl.

Add in the cooked veggies to the mixing bowl and give them all a good mix.

Pour into a baking dish and sprinkle with cheese. I also sprinkled some chili flakes, but I enjoy the spice. It’s optional.

Bake for 35 minutes, then broil for 2 more so the cheese on top gets nice and browned.

Cheesy casserole in a baking dish, hot and bubbling from the oven.

This is a quick, easy meal to prepare and the leftovers are an added bonus. Serve this tasty Cheesy Kidney Bean And Brown Rice Bake with a side salad or some roasted veggies.

Cheesy casserole on a plate with salad.


Cheesy casserole on a plate with salad.

If you are looking for a nice salad dressing to pair up with your meal this Simple Balsamic Salad Dressing is a favourite.

Cheesy casserole on a plate with a side salad and red checkered napkin.


Yields 6

Serves 6

Cheesy Kidney Bean & Brown Rice Bake

20 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

55 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1/4 cup cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbsp adobo sauce (optional)
  • 1 tbsp chili flakes (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375
  2. Heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat
  3. Add in onion, peppers and celery, sea salt and pepper and saute until soft, about 5 minutes
  4. Stir in minced garlic and turn off the heat. Stir in chili powder and set aside
  5. Combine cooked rice, beaten eggs, milk, beans, 1 1/2 cups of cheese and adobo sauce in a large mixing bowl and stir well
  6. Stir in cooked veggies into the mixing bowl
  7. Pour into baking dish and sprinke with remaining 1/4 cup of cheese and chili flakes
  8. Bake for 35 minutes, then broil for 2 minutes so the cheese on top becomes browned
  9. Let stand for 5 minutes and serve


Allergy :    
gluten free
soy free
wheat free
peanut free
seafood free
treenut free
sesame free
mustard free


Bubbling hot and cheesy vegetarian casserole in a red baking dish

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health June 6, 2013 at 2:18 pm
This recipe looks perfect! I love rice and beans and am a vegetarian so this is right up my alley. I can't wait to check out more of your recipes! :)
Sharon June 7, 2013 at 12:01 am
Thanks, Sarah! This bake is heavy in my rotation:) I hope you like it...
Heidi @ Food Doodles June 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm
Mmmm! This looks so yummy! I've made something similar but just used my homemade salsa instead of veggies like you did. So good! This looks right up my alley :)
Sharon June 15, 2013 at 12:06 am
Hi Heidi! You must try this dish. It truly is one of my favourites. My number one for leftovers for lunch the next day:) I can totally imagine salsa in this. Great idea! I love the salsa/egg combo...
ingrid July 4, 2013 at 7:46 pm
can you freeze this?
Sharon July 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm
Hi Ingrid! Yes, I think this dish would freeze. I would wrap it really well, though.
Colleen July 30, 2018 at 7:40 pm
This recipe looks amazing, and so delicious. I'm saving it for the fall when I can use my oven again. So good!
Sharon July 30, 2018 at 8:38 pm
Haha! I know what you mean ... it's scorching hot in Vancouver! I've been loving the BBQ and my instant pot. ;)
Elaine July 31, 2018 at 1:43 pm
This is ideal for Meatless Monday! I love simple, healthy comfort food dishes like this one. Thanks for sharing!
Jo Vanderwolf August 1, 2018 at 7:33 am
I'm always looking for new recipes for beans and rice - and this one looks UH-mazing! Can't wait to try it. Thank you for sharing.
Linda August 5, 2018 at 3:56 am
I cooked this for my hubby and he loved it!!! Thank you so much!!! Best Kitchen Utensil Must Have
Sharon August 5, 2018 at 9:34 am
So glad you made your hubby happy. :) Thanks Linda!

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