I wonder if I’ll ever be able to start a blog post off without a disclaimer…probably not. So here goes – rice and beans are not considered paleo. But I’m currently doing something called the Bean Protocol to help improve my ongoing acne that I’ve dealt with for 20 years now. It’s been only 2 months and it’s going AWESOME! My skin has already cleared almost completely. It’s bananas. If you want to learn more about it, I’ll be sharing my Q&A I did on Sunday in my highlights of my instagram. I talk through all of it there! But since this Bean Protocol has changed my life for the better, I want to share that knowledge, experience, and recipes with others to make their own experience a tad easier. That means I’ll be sharing bean recipes on here. And non-paleo recipes. Because here’s the thing – we all change, grown, and learn along the way. And I like to share that new knowledge you with! Hope you’re along for the ride! If not…byeeeeeeeeee.

PaleOMG Turmeric Rice & Beans

This recipe is one of my favorites because it’s SO STUPID EASY. You put rice in the instant pot, you caramelize onions, you add beans, you add rice. Botta bing, botta boom. For this dish, I use cannellini beans, which have become my favorite bean throughout this bean experiment. They are super creamy and I don’t find that they upset my guts, which is always a plus. This dish just simply feels like comfort food! And you can top it with any protein you prefer – chicken, turkey, pork, steak, really whatever. It makes for a really delicious, quick weeknight meal and it’s GREAT for leftovers. If you’ve never cooked rice in the instant pot, get ready for your life to change. I use my IP probably 3-4x/week just to simply cook rice. You’ll never ever EVER want to cook rice on the stovetop again. That technique is bullshit and has killed two pans of mine.

PaleOMG Turmeric Rice & Beans

If you’re looking for more bean recipes, don’t you worry, they are on the way. But I also recently shared Lentil Tabbouleh and Taco Pasta Salad, which are both bean protocol specific recipes. It’s been a tad strange to eat beans after 10+ years of not eating them, but they’ve already changed my life in such a positive way. I even travel with beans on hand to ensure that I get them in no matter where I am. We are stopping by Vail today and beans are packed in my suitcase. I don’t find beans on the menu in a ton of restaurants, so I’m becoming my own restaurant, instead. I’m a fantastic server who someone always knows what I want. That’s was a terrible joke. I actually was never a server, but I was a hostess who fucking CRUSHED it for a solid year at a restaurant. Then I told myself I was never go back to working at a restaurant since customers are the pits. People get so hangry. Anywho, it’s 6am over here, I have some beans to eat!

PaleOMG Turmeric Rice & Beans

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Turmeric Rice & Beans

  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x



For the rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2 cups chicken bone broth (or vegetable stock, to make it vegetarian)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric root powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the beans

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 14 ounce can of unsalted cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth* (or vegetable stock, to make it vegetarian)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • fresh dill, for garnish
  • flake salt, for garnish


  1. Place rice, chicken broth, turmeric, garlic powder, and salt in an instant pot. Close lid and press the rice function. This will set the instant pot to around 10-12 minutes on high pressure. Once the instant pot is done cooking, let the pressure naturally release while you cook the rest of the dish, this will make for super fluffy rice.
  2. Once the rice goes in the instant pot, place a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Add olive oil and the yellow onion to the pan to begin the caramelizing process. As the onions begin to slightly brown, place the heat to medium-low to keep the onions from burning. Every couple minutes, toss the onions to keep them cooking evenly. Once the onions are halfway through cooking, about 7-8 minutes, add the garlic cloves and salt. Continue tossing every couple minutes until the onions are a deep brown color.
  3. Add cannellini beans, broth, and black pepper. Then release any extra pressure in the instant pot and add rice to the pan. Mix to combined then bring to a low boil and reduce until the broth is gone.
  4. Top with fresh dill and flake salt, before serving.


*If at any point the onions begin to stick to the bottom of the pan, you can always add just a splash of chicken broth

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PaleOMG Turmeric Rice & Beans

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  1. Angie says:

    I made this and overall is very good but the rice was not finished cooking in the insta pot at all. Not sure what I did wrong but it was my first insta pot rice attempt.

    1. juli says:

      i’ve heard the same thing happening to others at different altitude. did you use the rice function? also, you could check out the rice instructions to your specific instant pot and it may have directions based on your location!

  2. Rach says:

    This was SO good! Definitely the most flavorful rice I’ve ever made!

    1. juli says:

      so glad you liked it, Rach!

  3. Susan says:

    Needed a direction on how to stop eating this! Great job, Juli!!! Thank you for sharing the bean recipes and your experience with the protocol. I’m realizing how much I’ve been leaning on sugar for COVID comfort and it’s just got to go. The beans are a brilliant way to make it so. Thank you! Bless you!!

    1. juli says:

      yay so glad you liked the recipe, Susan!

  4. Elena says:

    I made this recipe by cooking the rice in a rice cooker and adding the little chicken bouillon packet to the water for chicken broth. It came out just fine and I mixed it with the beans and onions. Did not add turmeric because I just don’t have it in my spice cabinet. The recipe was delicious and my 13 month old loved it!

    1. juli says:

      awesome, so glad you liked it!

  5. Moe says:

    Loved this recipe! I have more of a general bean protocol question. Since you have been on the BP, how many grams of fiber would you say you consume per day? I have diverticulosis and my doctor wants me to consume at least 30 grams of fiber from food per day. I’ve been watching your Instagram stories and posts when you say how many grams of fiber and protein you get out of a meal and that is helpful! I’m very interested in the BP and how it could help with my diverticulosis.

    1. juli says:

      anywhere between 20-30 grams per day for me!

  6. Stephanie says:

    I see that you put cannellini beans in this rice recipe, so when you eat this with meat as a meal, do you add another side of black beans or other beans as shown in your pictures with that same meal? Or the beans inside of the rice are enough?
    New to this diet!! Thanks for all your help! I am learning so much and cannot wait to see how this helps with my acne!! ❤️

    1. juli says:

      usually i just eat the beans that are in the rice recipe itself, unless there doesn’t seem to be enough

  7. Kellyann Weber says:

    I loved this! I thought it would be too much like Indian food. I only like certain flavors, but this was so yummy. My husband even approved!

    1. juli says:

      so glad you liked it!

  8. Laura says:

    Thanks – this was delicious! I’m doing the Bean Protocol right now too, so always looking for new bean-spo. I added an extra half a can of beans to make sure I’d get my 1/2c with each serving, and lots of chopped kale for extra veggies.

    1. juli says:

      so happy to hear that!

  9. Lynn says:

    5 stars once I added cayenne pepper! It needed that extra kick for my taste buds. I’ve used my IP hundreds of times but never actually made rice in it. My instant pot on “rice” mode said 7 mins (not programmed to the 10 or so minutes as the recipe says, Instant Pot programming probably varies by model) so I was worried but it worked out perfectly following the directions exactly! Thanks for such an easy, successful, and fast recipe!

  10. Meagan says:

    Worth the effort of caramelizing the onions. I followed the recipe exactly. Delicious!