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Simple Red Beans & Rice; an often overlooked essential

Updated: Apr 3, 2023

I grew up on this stuff. It's a frugal dish. But not only is it frugal, it's filling and flippin' delish. The 3-f's of any cooking that matter a lot. Another perk to this dish is that there is typically leftovers, even after our crew digs in and eats to their full.

What you'll need to prepare enough for 6-8 people:

1-2 lbs of your favorite link smoked sausage (Conecuh or some kind of Kielbasa is best)

2 Cans of rinsed and drained light red kidney beans

1 can of rinsed and drained dark red kidney beans

1 can of dark red kidney beans (NOT rinsed or drained)

2 onions peeled and diced

1 green bell peppers sliced

1 yellow bell pepper sliced

1 red bell pepper sliced

1 orange bell pepper sliced

3 cups of rice

water (for cooking the rice)

1-3 TBS Cajun seasoning depending on the amount of 'zang' you want. (Zatarans is a great choice)

Salt and Pepper

To Prepare:

In a large skillet cook onions and bell peppers until *almost* tender.

Then add in your sliced sausage and brown. Once browned mix in the beans. Allow to simmer until a low and slow bubble/boil appears. Then cut the heat. Salt and pepper to taste.

While this is cooking stove top, prepare your rice separately. We use an instant pot so for us we use 3 cups of rice and 3 cups of water with a pinch of salt. This is super simple because it'll just cook on the rice setting and I have to do nothing else until the skillet portion is ready to plate.

Once both rice and skillet portion are complete, plate the rice and top with the bean and sausage mixture. ENJOY! Less than 30mins start to finish. And it is delicious!!!

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