New Orleans Red Beans and Rice


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There’s nothing better than the simplicity of red beans and rice- a staple dish found throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. This plant-based version stews kidney beans with onion, carrot and cayenne pepper, served atop a bed of brown rice. This recipe comes to us from Sharon Palmer, The Plant-Powered Dietitian.

Serves 4

  • 2 cups dried red kidney beans
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup low-sodium vegetable bouillon
  • 1 1/3 cups brown rice

Soak the kidney beans overnight in cold water.

Drain the beans and put them in a pot with 4 cups water over medium-high heat. Add the carrot, onion, bay leaf, black pepper, cayenne pepper and bouillon to the pot and bring to a boil. When water boils, cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour and 45 minutes, or until the beans are very soft.

Bring 2-2/3 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. When the water boils, add the rice, cover, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 45-50 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is cooked through.

When the beans have finished cooking, remove the bay leaf. Lightly mash the beans with a fork, serve over the rice and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

Servings per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories:  183

Calories from Fat:  

Total Fat:  1g

Saturated Fat:  0g

Cholesterol:  0mg

Sodium:  673mg

Potassium:  132mg

Carbohydrates:  37g

Dietary Fiber:  9g

Protein:  7g

Sugars:  3g

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