Mama's Red Beans and Rice

Mama's Red Beans and Rice

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 12
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 212.1
  • Total Fat: 6.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 23.3 mg
  • Sodium: 967.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 27.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 8.3 g
  • Protein: 12.0 g

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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


    2 T canola oil
    1 large onion, diced
    1 yellow or red pepper, diced
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 bunch green onions, sliced, green part reserved for garnish
    1 lb. turkey smoked sausage
    3 (15 oz) cans of kidney beans
    1 ( 14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes with basil and garlic
    1/2 t red pepper flakes
    1 T oregano, dried flakes
    1 t thyme, fresh or pinch dried
    1 bay leaf, whole
    1 pinch salt
    1 t black pepper
    1 c brown rice
    1 c water


Serving size is one heaping cup.
You can substitute a green pepper for the red one. Drain and rinse your beans to remove excess sodium and natural sugars that make your beans "musical."
Chef Meg's recipe is a makeover of this one.


Slice sausage in half lengthwise and then in half again. Cut crosswise to dice. Heat oil in a large dutch oven or heavy saucepan. Once hot, add onions, diced pepper, garlic, and white parts of green onion. Cook until tender. Add sausage. Cook just until browned. Add spices, beans, and tomatoes. Stir to combine. Add rice, stir to combine and cook for 1 minute to coat the rice. Add water. Bring to a boil and immediately reduce to a simmer. Cover and continue to cook for 25 minutes or until rice is tender. Remove bay leaf before serving and finish with hot sauce and sliced green onions. Makes 12 hearty one-cup servings.

Vegetarian smoked sausage (found in the refrigerated health food section of most supermarkets) makes a great substitute for the turkey sausage.

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