June 21, 2011

Red Beans and Rice

...the easiest way! Red beans and rice is pretty easy to begin with but I made it even easier using boxed and canned products. This can be prepared in 25 minutes with no worries about measuring or chopping or pre-soaking anything.

  • 1 box of Zatarain's Reduced Sodium Red Beans and Rice (because the regular stuff is full of MSG)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes with chilis
  • 1/4 cup of dried TVP (optional)
  • a bit of salt and pepper if needed
  • 3 1/4 cups of water (as directed on rice box)
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine
  • Just follow the directions on the Zatarain's box but add the TVP in with the rice mixture.
  • when about 3 - 5 minutes remain in cooking time stir in the can of tomatoes.
That's it! If you eat meat, this is good with ground beef or turkey, andouille sausage or even shrimp. If you don't, the TVP adds enough texture to fake it and add some extra protein. Serves 2 as a main entree.

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