recipe: red beans & rice


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red-beans-and-rice-recipeIn an attempt to eat much cleaner and healthier while not breaking the bank, our family is now eating much simpler meals. Eating clean and healthy is not cheap so instead of big elaborate dinners we have simplified. I found this recipe a few weeks back from He & She Eat Clean and it was so yummy! I knew I had to share!! Below is their recipe with my adaptations in italics.



  • 1 1/2 cups Brown Rice *I used instant brown rice.
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb Organic Turkey Sausage, sliced approximately 1/2 inch rounds *In place of Turkey Sausage I used Chicken — I could not find organic turkey sausage or even the all-natural brand that was mentioned in the original recipe so I opted for chicken instead.
  • 3 cans of red beans, rinsed (you may substitute dried beans that are pre-soaked overnight)
  • 1 1/2 c Organic, Low-Sodium Chicken Broth *In place of Chicken Broth I had Beef Broth already in the pantry so I used that instead.
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper *In place of cayenne pepper I added cumin.
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


1. Bring 3 cups of water and 1 1/2 cups Brown Rice to boil in a pot over medium high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, place a lid on pot and let cook for approximately 45 minutes. I used minute brown rice and so avoided the extra 40 minutes of cook time. Important when you are responsible for feeding hungry ravages. 😉
2. In a large saute pan, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat. Once oil is warm, add onion, garlic and organic turkey sausage/chicken. Saute until onions brown and become clear.
3. In saute pan, add red beans, organic low-sodium chicken broth, cayenne pepper, chili powder, black pepper and sea salt. Stir together. Cook on medium for 30-45 minutes.

Serve bean/sausage combo over the brown rice. Easy and oh so good!! (Don’t take my word for it! This girl ate more than I did.)


Let me know if you give a try!!

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