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Super easy Red beans and Rice

June 27, 2011

This is fast and easy. Everything’s already on hand in the pantry and fridge. It’s perfect for when you’re out of ideas but what to throw together a great meal.


  • 1 box  rice mix.  I like Seeds of Change organic Havana rice and beans, or Near East Spanish style
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1 can drained and rinsed kidney beans

In a large sauce pan sauté in oil and broth:  onion, celery, bell pepper

Add water according to box (a touch more), bring to boil.

Add rice mix and rice, 1 can drained kidney beans.

If desired add small amounts of cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder to compensate for the added ingredients if the spices in the mix aren’t enough.

Reduce heat and simmer according to box until rice is tender.

Garnish with green onion.


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  1. Amanda permalink

    Making this for the big holiday meal and really looking forward to it!

  2. Daniel Grant permalink

    OK, I can handle the recipe (or, I should say, Emma thinks it’s all pretty do-able), but our largest problem is the aesthetic presentation of food. Emma (the vegetarian, not vegan) cook in the house puts everything together and then mashes and stirs, and it ends up being one big, not-all-that-attractive glop. I’ve shown her your blog, so she can see what it might look like, and I’ve even recommended she watch the TV show “Master Chef,” which puts a lot of emphasis on what is called “plating.” I tell her, ‘look at the photograph of the Mexican Tortilla Soup: See the wedges of avocado laid out attractively in the bowl,’ but Emma only sees that she can add avocado, chopping it up into small pieces and stirring it in. It’s not unappetizing but not as appetizing as the picture. Perhaps, you might want to post a message about plating, starting out: “Emma: Look how I did this…”

    • Proper plating or presentation makes things look especially good and allows the cook (Emma) to soak up the compliment, “This looks wonderful” as opposed to, ” what is this stuff?” One pot meals are great but people like to identify the parts before digging into the whole. What you do with your own plate is up to you. David is big on stirring everything together on his plate especially if peas are involved. As for my own bowl of tortilla soup I immediately cut up the avocado and distribute the sour cream and chips so there is some in each bite. She’s just skipping the showing off part. But yea Emma, go veg.

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