Dad’s Red Beans and Rice

This good looking and great tasting side comes together in minutes
This good looking and great tasting side comes together in minutes

Dad’s Red Beans and rice started life as a version of Louisiana Style Red Beans and Rice. There are many variations of the dish coming from many regions but, the dish itself is said to have originated in New Orleans in the 1700’s. It combines Spanish, French, African and Caribbean cooking styles and many households would cook it on a Monday. Usually a wash day, the dish would feature ham or pork bones leftover from Sunday dinner. Cooks could do the washing while leaving the beans simmering in a pot for hours before adding the rice. In fact, you’ll still find many schools and restaurants in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana serve it as a Monday special lunch or dinner main course often with ham, pork or sausage added.

This is a variation that comes together much quicker than you might find in the Big Easy while using many of the main flavours. I use it as a side for things like roasts, Barbeque or Tex Mex items like tacos or quesadillas.

Few combinations are as successful providing as many essential vitamins and minerals as well as proteins and carbohydrates as beans and rice. The beans are the main source of protein essential for tissue, cell and organ heath and dietary fibre important for heart health and the control of inflammation. The rice provides necessary carbs and is particularly rich in B-complex vitamins all of which combine to produce bodily energy especially in the brain and nervous system.

Finally, try to choose brown rice over white rice. It’s a good idea because it’s a better source of B vitamins, is less processed and so is a more complex carbohydrate. Brown rice takes longer to break down in the body. Its natural sugars release more slowly. The result is that bodily insulin levels are maintained for a longer time and are more constant. If you or someone in your home insists on white rice, choose parboiled white rice which is less processed than plain white rice and offers benefits closer to brown rice.

When you’re looking for an alternative to noodles or potatoes, rice is always a great choice. Adding beans can make it a powerful as well as delicious decision.

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Parboiled long grain rice, red kidney beans, green pepper, red onion and garlic are the key ingredients for this delicious side.
1 cup white rice
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 large red onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1 green bell pepper, stem and seeds removed and small diced
2-19 ounce cans red kidney beans
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 tbsp hot sauce
3 tbsp tomato paste  
Using a rice cooker is Veteran Move. You can prep the rest of the dish knowing the rice will come out perfectly.
If you have Veteran Tool # 3, a Rice Cooker, rinse the rice under cold water for 30 seconds in a sieve then pour it into the cooking bowl, add the stock and butter, give it a stir, cover it, turn it on and forget it until its ready!
If not, add the stock to a medium sized pot, rinse the rice while the stock is coming to a boil, add the rice and butter giving it a thorough stir, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes without removing the lid. Then, remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
Get everything together and measured before you start building the finished dish. It goes so much more smoothly if you do... Veteran Move #2!
Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.
While the rice is cooking chop the onion, celery, green pepper and measure out the garlic, onion powder and hot sauce. .. Veteran Move #2!
Saute the onion, celery, and bell pepper until tender then add the garlic and the rest of the seasonings.
Saute onion, celery, and bell pepper until tender.
Add garlic and stir until fragrant, 30 seconds to one minute then add onion powder, salt, pepper, hot sauce and tomato paste.
Reduce heat to low and let mixture simmer slowly until the rice is ready.
Stir in the kidney beans and let them warm through before moving on.
Thoroughly stir in kidney beans for 3 or 4 minutes until they start to soften then add the cooked rice.
Gently fold in the rice and serve hot.

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