Lundi Gras Red Beans and Rice!

March 7, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

With Mardi Gras tomorrow and a trip to New Orleans on the horizon,  I wanted to make red beans and rice for our Monday night dinner.

Red beans and rice is traditional creole dish traditionally made on Mondays with red beans, veggies, spices, and pork bones as left over from Sunday dinner – an old custom from the time when ham was a Sunday meal and Monday was washday, as a pot of beans could sit on the stove and simmer while the women were busy scrubbing clothes.

BUT given that we didn’t have a ham dinner yesterday and I had to make this after I got home from work today, I made the following simplified version, which still kept me in the “holiday” spirit!  I hope you will enjoy it too.

What you’ll need:

2 cups uncooked white rice, prepared as you like
1 (16 ounce) package turkey kielbasa, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 white onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 clove chopped garlic
2 (15 ounce) cans canned kidney beans, drained (I used one can of dark and one can of light)
1 (16 ounce) can peeled tomatoes, chopped
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon pepper
cajun seasoning to taste


First, make the rice to your liking so that can cook while you’re prepping your veggies and starting on the red beans.  Chop up your green pepper, onions, and kielbasa.

Now, once you’ve got all your ingredients ready to go, in a large skillet over low heat, cook sausage for 5 minutes.  Stir in onion, green pepper and garlic; saute until tender.

Pour in beans and tomatoes with juice. Season with oregano, salt and pepper.

Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

You may decide you want to add some water or milk, depending on how thick you’d like the consistency.  I added about a half cup of each.

Serve over rice.


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  1. potomu shto zhivu v gostjah, a mne tak nrjiatsva gotovit dlja drugih :)esho i malchik u kotorogo zhivu, veganit davnym-davno, a s etogo leta reshil pereiti na syroedinie. demonstriruju emu kak eto mozhet vygljadet :)tvoi recepty uzhasno udobnye – zalez, vybral shto-nibud i uzhe znaesh shto kupit na rynke. a inache u menja na rynke glaza vo vse storony razbegajutsja i hochu kupit vsjo i srazu.

  2. Gratulerer med ny bil! og som medlem i de tre v-ene? Vi har kjf8rt v70 bfuiel i noen e5r ne5, og jeg er kjempefornf8yd med e5 ha en se5 miljf8vennlig bil. Bare synd at det er et eneste stedet man kan fylle i Norge (Fredrikstad).Jeg kjenner igjen det der med beteendet i bilforretningene. Selv pleier jeg e5 legge inn en kommentar om at jeg skulle ville ha en bil med minst 8 seter og metanol som drivstoff. Det pleier ogse5 e5 sette selgere litt ute av spill, for ettersom det vanligvis ikke finnes, vet de ikke om de skal ge5 videre med bilder som er miljf8vennlige eller biler med mye plass. =0

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