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April 15, 2011

What do you do when you want a good homemade meal but lack the creative imagination to create something yourself? You copy someone else! Last weekend, I made Estela’s Easy Red Beans & Rice. This recipe was awesome! I used a jalapeno and green chili chicken sausage which gave it a nice kick and served it over brown rice. All-in-all it was a tasty addition to our weekend.

Estela’s Easy Red Beans & Rice

  • 1 pound andouille sausage (sliced)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
  • olive oil
  • 2 can’s kidney beans (drained & rinsed)
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon cajun seasoning (more depending on your taste)
  • 1 cup dry white rice
  • 2 cups water

In a large saucepan, drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil and saute sliced sausage over medium heat until it starts to brown a little. To the sausage, add chopped onion, bell pepper, & garlic. Cook for about 7 minutes or until veggies are tender. Add kidney beans, tomatoes, and spices. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes.

While the beans are simmering, combine your water & rice in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover & cook for 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

For serving , you can either mix the rice and beans together or by layering the rice first, then topping it with beans.

[And because Estela takes infinitely better pictures than I could ever hope to imagine here is her picture of the delicious meal]

Life advice from Kelly. Make this. It will make you happy and who doesn’t want some extra happiness in their life?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 15, 2011 8:50 am

    That looks delicious! I love beans and rice.

  2. April 15, 2011 8:54 am

    That looks good. My mom grew up in Lousiana (so did my boyfriend) so we’re big fans of all things cajun over here… red beans & rice, gumbo, and jambalaya!

  3. April 15, 2011 9:18 am

    Mmm beans and rice could be one of my fav combinations! I’m on my own for dinner tonight adn this just gave me some inpiration!

  4. April 15, 2011 9:37 am

    Beans and rice….after living in Costa Rica, I still haven’t been able to get into them. We literally ate rice and beans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every single day. Except Sundays. We got granola for breakfast on Sundays.

    We even had rice pudding for dessert, and I was once served rice and beans on bread as a sandwich. It was gross.

  5. April 15, 2011 10:59 am

    YUM YUM YUM! This looks hearty and perfect, and yes – comforting! A big bowl of delicious food to curl up with while watching a movie. I want some, and I just had dinner! Lovely pics!

  6. April 15, 2011 11:49 am

    That looks amazing!

  7. April 17, 2011 12:51 pm

    Excellent post thanks for sharing. Food is something I can enjoy all around. If I’m not eating it. I’m reading and looking at pictures about it.

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