Rice and Beans: Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

The old classic ‘Red Beans and Rice’. This is a smoky, slow cooked and massively flavoursome recipe. It is the vegan equivalent of a slow cooked ragu that has been simmering for hours. Only no animals have to die to get there. I have chosen veg that works well with slow cooking. By making the pieces a little larger than you would normally when dicing, the flavour will be kept in and the veg will really cook down and compliment the beans.

It is a little time consuming, but, it is incredibly easy. The only thing that takes time (apart from soaking the beans) is chopping the veg. Once you have done that, it is a case of sitting back and waiting for the flavours to combine. The longer and slower the better, but I find around 2.5 hours will suffice. I have been told that you can use canned beans for this, but why would you do that? It won’t be anywhere NEAR as good….. Just remember to soak the dried beans overnight if making for lunch or in the morning if you are having it for dinner. Simply chuck the beans in a pot and cover with water by a few inches. Cover and leave alone….

I hope you find this a new and interesting way of getting your complete protein. It is loaded with a massive 31.3g and comes in at just over 700 calories. This is one my my all time favourite meals.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories = 711
  • Protein = 31.3g
  • Fat = 4.6g
  • Saturated Fat = 1g
  • Carbohydrate = 121.1g
  • Cholesterol = 0g

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 400g Dried Red Beans (kidney beans), soaked for at least 8 hours
  • 1 onion, chopped (make all these veg diced but slightly larger than you would normally)
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 red pepper (capsicum), chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 litres vegetable stock
  • 2 bayleaves
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • a pinch cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper
Optional:
  • 3 or 4 spring onions, chopped
  • a handful olives, chopped
  • vegan sour cream
  • 2 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar in the last 30 minutes of cooking to add more balance to the beans

 

Cook it:

  1. Heat a large, heavy bottomed casserole dish (or similar) over a medium heat
  2. Add the onion, carrot, pepper, celery and a tablespoon or two of water. “Fry” for about 5 minutes or until it has softened
  3. Add the garlic and fry for a further 2 minutes
  4. Add the spices and give everything a stir. Make sure everything is covered
  5. Drain the beans, and add them to the pan. Stir
  6. Add the stock and bay leaf and turn the heat to high
  7. Once the stock is boiling, lower the heat to a simmer, cover and leave for 2 hours. You may need to check every few minutes for the first 10 minutes or so to make sure the temperature is right. You don’t want it boiling and you don’t want the simmer too low
  8. If you need to add any liquid as you go, just add some more water. You probably won’t need to though
  9. About 10 minutes before the 2 hours is up, boil some water in another pot for the rice
  10. At the 2 hour point, take the lid off the casserole pan and then using the back of a wooden spoon, mash a few of the beans against the side of the pot
  11. Now leave to thicken. Over the next 30 minutes, magic will happen to that little pot! Stir every now and then. You can also add some balsamic vinegar at this point if you wish. Not a traditional ingredient like everything else has been, but it makes a nice difference
  12. Meanwhile, add the rice to the pan of water, this will take about 30 minutes (check package instructions to be safe though)
  13. Serve and enjoy. Make sure you have a beer with it too
  14. Get it into ya!

 


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