Monday, February 15, 2010

Red Beans and Rice- Meatless Monday

Okay, tonight we had meatless red beans and rice. I knew this could be done, but I was a little hesitant because I love the sausage I usually add to it. Everyone really enjoyed it except the youngest child, but she was being extra stubborn tonight. I don't know that she really ever took a bite. However, it was good with the other two, it passed the Clay and Hannah test. I am taking it for lunch tomorrow- so 3 out 4 isn't too bad. :)

  • 1 pound red kidney beans, dry
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 5 ribs celery, chopped
  • As much garlic as you like, minced
  • Creole Seasoning Blend
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 or 5 cups of water (enough to cover the beans)
  • 2 No Chick'n Bouillon Cubes

  1. Soak the beans overnight, if possible. The next day, drain and put fresh water over them.
  2. In a pan saute the Trinity (onions, celery, bell pepper) until the onions turn translucent. Add the garlic and saute for 2 more minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add all ingredients to the crockpot: beans, tomatoes, sauteed veggies, bouillon cubes, water, seasoning
  4. You will have to play with seasoning- it is REALLY bland without enough salt, but tasting is the only way to get it right.
  5. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours

Serve generous ladles-ful over hot white rice, with a side of bread. Enjoy!

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