Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

The exact recipe from Frances Moore Lappe's "Diet for a Small Planet". Great for a buffet dinner. Prep time does not include cooking the rice or beans.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix together cooked rice, cooked beans, garlic, onion, and chiles. In a casserole, spread alternating layers of the rice-beans mixture, ricotta cheese, and jack cheese, ending with a layer of rice and beans.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes. During the last few minutes of baking, sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top. Garnish before serving.
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I love this recipe and have been making it for 30 years. Before I began to reduce fat in our meals, I made it 2 or 3 times a month. Now I make it only occasionally but it's still terrific. Incidentally, the last time I made it I substituted quinoa for the brown rice, added chopped jalapenos and spinach. It was terrific. It always is. The print in the original cookbook is so small I began looking on-line, hoping to find the recipe so I could print it. Thanks so much for posting it.

Omm February 14, 2014