Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Cajun Rice & Beans

I got this recipe out of a vegetarian cookbook I bought on the discount rack ten or more years ago. I only recently took a good look at it, and tried this recipe the other night. It was quite tasty. With bread and a salad it makes a nice main dish but is also suitable for a side dish.

1 cup long grain rice

4 tbs olive oil

1 small green bell pepper seeded and chopped

1 small red bell pepper seeded and chopped

1 onion finely chopped

1 small red or green chili, seeded and finely chopped(I just used a pinch of dried red pepper flakes!)

2 tomatoes chopped

1/2 cup canned red kidney beans rinsed and drained

1 tbs chopped fresh basil(I used a teas of dried)

2 tsp chopped fresh thyme(again I used dried, about 1 tsp)

1 tsp Cajun Spice

salt and pepper

Cook rice first(I LOVE my rice cooker!)

Heat the oil in skillet and fry the green and red bell peppers and onion for about five minutes until softened.

Add the chili and tomatoes, and cook for 2 more minutes

Add the veggie mixture and red kidney beans to the rice. Stir to mix thoroughly.

Stir the chopped herbs and Cajun Seasoning into the rice mixture. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.

This smells as good as it tastes! It is yummy!


The Cooking Lady said...

Tell me rice cookers are not the best darned thing since sliced bread.

But here is a trick I learned and so much so that I no longer buy canned beans.

Soak them overnight with a bit of baking soda. For 1 cup of beans you want to add about 1 tablespoon of baking soda. This will not only soften them up but take away some of that gasiness that it gives many folks.

Beans no longer effect us, for we eat them so much as it is...all the time. Did I mention I love beans and rice?!