I love one pot meals. While this isn’t totally a one pot meal as you have to cook the rice and beans… it can be if you’re using leftovers that are already cooked and waiting in the fridge. I don’t know what it is, one pot meals aren’t always that much easier, but there’s something about sitting down to a bowl full of something that feels so good, especially when it’s a complete meal in a bowl. Although I do like to serve it with a salad or some extra veggies. With the leftovers I like to cook up some vegetables, usually roasted broccoli or cauliflower or whatever else is in the fridge and just serve them on top of a bowl of this.
One note though, you might want to go easy on the Cajun seasoning. I make my own and so I tone the spice down to a level we’re comfortable with, but I know store bought Cajun seasoning can be really spicy.
Red Beans and Rice
Serves at least 4 as a main dish
- 2 tbsp oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and finely chopped, or a poblano pepper for less heat and a different flavor
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2-3 tsp Cajun seasoning
- 1/2 tsp salt(more to taste)
- 4 C tomato puree or a 32 oz can
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 C dried kidney beans, cooked(or approximately 1 can of kidney beans drained and rinsed)
- 2-3 C cooked brown rice
- 1/4-1/2 tsp liquid smoke(optional)
Cook the rice and beans separately and set aside while preparing the other ingredients. In a large pan heat the oil. Once it’s hot add the onion and cook a few minutes before adding all the other veggies. Mix well and continue to cook for a few minutes. Add all the herbs and spices and the tomato sauce and paste and mix well. Once everything is evenly distributed bring to a boil and then simmer for 5-10 minutes until all the veggies are tender. Then add in the rice and beans and heat through. Add the liquid smoke if using and mix everything well. Serve hot with a little bit of parsley on top.
Have a great weekend!