I had a kielbasa sausage that need using up the other night and was also in the mood for beans and rice. This was a pre-cooked kielbasa sausage, just fyi. First I started the rice in my rice cooker, then I went on to the rest.
I would have used a green pepper if I’d had it but all I had was a red one. It would also be more Cajun if you used some Cajun seasoning but I didn’ t have anything prepackaged and didn’t feel like exploring much so just used some Montreal Steak Seasoning. It came out quite good!
Red Beans and Rice
- 1 Tbs oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1/2 a red pepper, chopped
- 8 ounces cooked kielbasa sausage
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- seasoning to taste Cajun or steak or whatever, just include some pepper!
- 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes with juice do not drain them!
- 1 15-oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained or 1 cup homemade
- Start your rice. I used about 3 rice cooker cups (smaller than our regular US "cups" so beware). If I were cooking on the stove I'd probably do 1.5 cups and 3 cups water.
- Heat the oil in a skillet and add the onion, cooking while you chop the pepper. Add the pepper and cook a few minutes, stirring, while you...
- Cut the sausage into half lengthwise, then cut into 1/4" slices (so you end up with small half circles). Add to the skillet. Add the garlic and seasonings. Cook 5 minutes or so, stirring.
- Stir in the tomatoes and their juice plus the drained beans. Mix well and simmer until heated through. If you're rice isn't done yet, just turn the heat to low, cover, and wait.
Thanks to Cheap. Fast. Good! (Amazon link) for the inspiration. I think we have had about 4 servings so far (1 hungry guy and 3 smaller ones) and I still have enough leftover for a lunch portion. I’ve had it for lunch once already and the leftovers were fantastic.
Lunch Box Idea
I think it would pack up quite well for a lunch if you followed the Bento box method of putting the hot food in the bottom of the container and then making a rice “top” to seal in the heat and keep the rice from getting too soggy. I wish I’d heard of that before when my kids were so willing to pack leftovers in a Thermos.