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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 215.1
  • Total Fat: 4.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 5.8 mg
  • Sodium: 145.3 mg
  • Total Carbs: 36.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 8.7 g
  • Protein: 8.6 g

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Mama's Red Beans and Rice

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Mama's Red Beans and Rice

Introduction

Mama knows best! This New Orleans-style one pot meal is hearty, tasty, and healthy! Mama knows best! This New Orleans-style one pot meal is hearty, tasty, and healthy!
Number of Servings: 12

Ingredients

    1 pound smoked turkey sausage
    2 tbsp canola oil
    1 large onion, diced
    1 yellow or red bell pepper, seeded and
    diced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 bunch green onions, sliced, green part
    reserved for garnish
    1⁄2 tsp red pepper flakes
    1 tbsp dried oregano
    1 tsp fresh thyme, or pinch dried
    Pinch of salt
    1 tsp black pepper
    Three 15-ounce cans of kidney beans,
    drained and rinsed
    One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes with
    basil and garlic
    1 bay leaf, whole
    1 cup brown rice, uncooked
    Hot sauce to taste

Directions

1. Slice the sausage links in half lengthwise and
then in half again. Cut crosswise to dice.
2. Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy
saucepan with lid. Once hot, add the onions,
bell pepper, garlic, and the white parts of the
green onion. Cook until the vegetables are soft,
about 5 minutes.
3. Add the sausage to the pan and cook just
until browned. Add the red pepper, oregano,
thyme, salt, and black pepper and stir to combine.
Then stir in the beans and tomatoes, and
add the bay leaf.
4. Add the rice, stir, and let cook for 1 minute to
coat the rice. Add 1 cups of water. Bring to a
boil and immediately reduce to a simmer. Cover
and continue to cook until the rice is tender,
about 40 minutes. Before serving, remove the
bay leaf and garnish with a dash or two of hot
sauce, if desired, and the sliced green onions.






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  • Very Good
    89 of 91 people found this review helpful
    By replacing the kidney beans with dried red beans, increase water to 7 cups, add 3 T Creole seasoning and cook in a crock pot for 7-8 hours, it significantly reduces the calories and carbs. I make my own Creole seasoning so I can reduce the salt content. Serve with celery. - 10/9/09

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  • O.K.
    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
    I needed to do a few tweaks myself. Had to drain and rinse my canned beans since liquid was mostly corn syrup. With 1 cup of water and 1 cup of rice, there's was not enough liquid to cook the rice; added another cup of water. Brown rice needs add'tl 20-30 minutes to cook. Seasonings great, tho! - 8/16/09

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  • 20 of 27 people found this review helpful
    My only comment is-why do people feel the need to comment negatively when they haven't tried and aren't interested in the recipe? If you don't like some of the stats/ingreds. then swap them or don't make it, no need to be snarky. - 1/5/10

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  • Incredible!
    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
    My husband NEVER compliments my cooking. I made this last night for me to take to lunch all week. He tasted it and said, "This is good stuff!" He ate it for his dinner! It was fabulous! Thanks. Amanda Steck - 9/14/09

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  • Incredible!
    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
    I added a jalapeno to this dish..I really liked this alot..It was filling and tasty.. - 9/1/09

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  • 15 of 15 people found this review helpful
    This was really good. My hubby to be is a big red beans and rice fan so I was worried he wouldn't be up for a healthier version. But he really liked it. I did add a little more seasoning such as cumin to punch up the flavor just a little. My rice took longer than 25 minutes it was more like 40min - 10/17/09

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  • Incredible!
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    Sooo rich, authentic and satisfying! Chef Meg, have you considered branding your makeover creations as "Meg-Overs"? I really think you should! - 9/6/09

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  • Incredible!
    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    Well worth the time and chopping. Wonderful flavor, even without the additonal hot sauce. - 8/13/09

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  • Very Good
    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
    good recipe but i left out the Sausage and cooked the rice little longer - 10/9/09

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  • 9 of 12 people found this review helpful
    By replacing the kidney beans with dried red beans, increase water to 7 cups, add 3 T Creole seasoning and cook in a crock pot for 7-8 hours, it significantly reduces the calories and carbs. - 10/26/09

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  • 9 of 11 people found this review helpful
    A pinch of salt is not a bad amount and tomatoes make the recipe good. - 10/9/09

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  • Incredible!
    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
    This was amazing. I made two changes, I only used 2 cans of beans and added another cup of water. It was great. My husband doesn't like turkey sausage and was skeptical, however, the flavor and seasonings were just right and he wants to add this to our rotation. - 1/29/10

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  • 7 of 23 people found this review helpful
    Living in New Orleans for more than 30 years, never have know anyone from there mix the bean and rice together, we ALWAYS cook it separate ! - 1/11/10

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  • 7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Canola oil has same Omega's as Olive oil except it's cheaper, so no worries about switching folks. - 12/13/09

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  • Very Good
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Very good. I will definitely make this again. I wasn't sure if i was suppose to drain the beans? I didn't and it was a little soupier then I expected but still very good. - 8/15/09

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Very flavorful, especially after a little shot of hot sauce! - 11/10/09

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  • Incredible!
    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
    EXCELLENT!!! - 10/9/09

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  • Very Good
    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
    This was very good & filling. - 8/16/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    LOVED this! OMG this was so delicious. We did use less oil and used roasted red pepper chicken sausage... which cut out about 20 calories/serving. I'll also omit the salt next time. This will be in our regular rotation. Thanks! - 2/9/10

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    YUM!! I grew up in New Orleans and this dish is great! I drained and rinsed the kidney beans, used a stem of fresh thyme, added 1 tbsp of creole seasoning, increased the water to 1 1/2 cups and cooked for 4 hours on low. I added peppers at last 30 minutes so that they wouldn't get bitter. - 1/8/10

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Best red beans and rice I have ever tasted! - 11/19/09

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Very good recipe, although, due to consistency, it reminded me more of jambalaya than red beans and rice. - 10/20/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This is an awesome, filling, flavorful recipe! I will make it again. I had to add more water to get the brown rice done and it took a little longer than the recipe stated to cook. My family liked it as well. - 10/13/09

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    I improvised to fit what I had so I also left out the sausage and added a some cubed ham. Wonderful and thasnks. - 10/10/09

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  • 5 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Sounds great. I'd use "no salt added" beans and tomatoes to reduce the sodium, which is very high in the recipe as listed. - 10/9/09

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