Saturday, December 15, 2012

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice Recipe!

I know I, for one, love finding recipes online from other mamas for new dinner ideas or even baking...when I have time to bake, which is RARE! So I've been interested in sharing some recipes of my own lately. I shared my sugar cookie recipe a week or so ago, but we had one of our favorite dinners the other night, and I decided it was a good one to share, so here it is!

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice


1/2 lb. of kielbasa, cut into thin slices. (I use two packages of kielbasa for ours, so I think that's about 2 lbs. Just adjust the amount for however many people you will be feeding.)
3 cups cut up vegetables (onion, pepper, celery) - I just "eyeball" this one. One large green pepper is usually enough, one large onion is usually good, and the whole package of a small package of celery is usually good. I don't actually measure the cups of veggies.
Garlic (fresh or the jarred minced garlic is fine)
3 cans of un-drained light red kidney beans
1/4 cup of Frank's Red Hot sauce
Hot cooked white rice

The first thing to do, of course, is cut up the kielbasa because that's the first thing that needs to cook. You simply cut it into thin slices and cook it in a large non stick skillet over medium-high heat for about five minutes or until it's browned. 

While that's cooking, I cut up the onion, pepper, and celery.

These just need too be cut up just into strips, not little chunks and not diced up or anything. After the kielbasa is nice and brown, add in the onion, pepper, celery, and garlic. I used jarred minced garlic in mine so I just add a teaspoon or a tablespoon, so just eye ball it.

Cook and stir all of these ingredients together for 3 minutes or until veggies are crisp-tender.

After the veggies are done, stir in the kidney beans and hot sauce, and heat it all to boiling.

Once it gets to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the flavors are blended. Be sure to stir occasionally. While that is finishing up, I cook the rice. We use the instant boxed white rice as it's easier and taste just as good. 

After everything is done, serve the white rice on the plates first, and then put the bean, meat, and veggie mixture over the rice.

So. Stinkin'. GOOD!! Our kids LOOOOVE this meal!!

Hubs can be kind of picky about new things sometimes, but he LOVES this meal too! It's SO easy to make, takes minimal dishes to prepare it in, and it's quick too! It also has pretty much all of the important food groups within it, so how can you go wrong?! ;)

Try it out for your family, and let me know what you think. :)

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