Cajun Brown Rice with Veggies and Red Beans

by Sala @ Veggie Belly on March 3, 2009

 

cajun brown rice

This is a hearty one pot meal for a cold night. You can put it together with minimal fuss, so this is also a great dish to make on a busy work day. This is a flexible recipe – use any kind of rice, veggies and beans you like. I used a blend of brown rice, red rice, barley and rye. My vegetable of choice was broccoli. You could use mushrooms, peas, cauliflower, roasted eggplant or roasted winter squash. Many Cajun dishes like gumbo and jambalaya get their smokey flavor from smoked Andouille sausage. I used liquid smoke and some smokehouse almonds to get that wonderful smokey flavor; the crunch from the almonds is a definite bonus.

Cajun Brown Rice with Veggies and Red Beans
makes 4-6 servings
 
1 large onion
2 ribs celery
1 red or green pepper
4 cloves garlic or 1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp paprika
1 ½ tsp dried thyme
2 tsp Tabasco sauce
1 1/2 tsp liquid smoke, optional
2 cups Brown rice
4 cups stock or water (you might need more or less depending on the type of rice you use)
2 cups Broccoli florets
1, 16 oz can of Red kidney beans
1, 16 oz can of Sweet corn
½ cup Smokehouse almonds
Salt and pepper
2 tbsp olive oil

Cajun Brown Rice

Finely chop the onion, celery and pepper. Mince the garlic. Drain the sweet corn. Drain and rinse the red kidney beans. Chop the almonds into small bits.

Heat oil in a large deep pot. Add the onion, celery and red or green pepper. Saute on medium heat till the onion is translucent. Now add the garlic, paprika, thyme, Tabasco and liquid smoke. Saute 30 seconds.

Add the rice to the pot, stir and cook for about 2 minutes. Then add the salt, pepper and stock or water and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, place a lid on the pot and let the rice cook on a low simmer. Cooking time for the rice will depend on the type of rice you are using. Read the instructions on the rice package for cooking times. Mine took about 45 minutes.

Cajun Brown Rice

In the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the broccoli florets to the rice, stir and put the lid back on. Let the broccoli florets steam for about 5 minutes.

Then check rice for doneness – rice must be completely cooked but not mushy and all the liquid should be absorbed. Once rice is cooked, stir in the beans, sweet corn and almonds. Mix well and turn off heat. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.

Cajun Brown Rice

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Comments

comments

{ 1 trackback }

Cajun Meat Loaf-Stuffed Peppers
March 6, 2014 at 4:12 pm

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laavanya March 4, 2009 at 12:53 am

Oh this looks awesome.. i'm a big fan of the beans & rice dish from lean cuisine and I this is far more nutritious with all the veggies & the brown rice. Bookmarking to try – still haven't had a chance to try your fabulous curry leaves rice as well.

[Reply]

Reply

2 Varsha Vipins March 4, 2009 at 1:15 am

Great pic Sala..:)Definitely a healthy meal..:)

[Reply]

Reply

3 Superchef March 4, 2009 at 1:56 am

looks amazingly delicious!!! loved the smoky flavour you have added to it! :)

[Reply]

Reply

4 Andrea March 4, 2009 at 2:49 am

This looks amazing. You know, I have always LOVED brown rice, since childhood. I just can’t for the life of me understand the bad rep it has. Brown rice is so nutty and has wonderful texture. Add veggies and beans and I’m sold!

[Reply]

Reply

5 Olga March 4, 2009 at 2:59 am

This looks great! I have several bags of brown rice, and this would be a great idea for them!

[Reply]

Reply

6 Soma March 4, 2009 at 3:36 am

This is an exact my kinda meal! Love it, love it! last weekend I made Barley, beans & Veggie salad. No mess, no fuss but lot of sensation:-)

[Reply]

Reply

7 Esi March 4, 2009 at 5:29 am

Oh, I am so loving this lightened up version of red beans and rice and the almonds sound absolutely wonderful in it!

[Reply]

Reply

8 Indhu March 4, 2009 at 5:46 am

love the recipe… it looks so colorful and I like the addition of beans and almonds – very healthy :)

[Reply]

Reply

9 pickycook March 4, 2009 at 7:17 am

i need to make this – it looks so yummy and healthy. thanks for sharing!

[Reply]

Reply

10 Mahimaa's kitchen March 4, 2009 at 7:43 am

everytime I visit your blog, i am just speechless after seeing your pics! you are an amazing photographer. i really enjoy visiting your blog.

[Reply]

Reply

11 Jennifer March 4, 2009 at 11:44 am

Your pictures are stunning!!!! I love this recipe! Although I am not vegetarian, I do enjoy meatless meals often! THanks!!!

[Reply]

Reply

12 Asha March 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Fabulous color, beans and brown rice are so yummy! :)

[Reply]

Reply

13 Vishali March 4, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Hey Sala, Brown Rice with veggies and Red Beans looks awsome and very healthy too.

My husband is just crazy about brown rice and I dont like it at all, but am getting inspiration from ur snaps and the method of cooking. Can we make the rice in a rice cooker instead in a pot as u mentioned? Will it have the same taste?

[Reply]

Reply

14 Yasmeen March 4, 2009 at 2:14 pm

Healthful!This is as good as a rice dish can be with loads of veggies and beans:)

[Reply]

Reply

15 5 Star Foodie March 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm

This rice looks fantastic – so healthy and full of wonderful flavors! Yum!

[Reply]

Reply

16 Happy cook March 4, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Love the rice dish and love the vibrant colour, beautiful and delicious.

[Reply]

Reply

17 Blaveta March 4, 2009 at 4:00 pm

This looks and sounds delicious! One-pot dishes are so great when living in a tiny apartment like I do. Love the colours of the vegetables and the mix of rice and grains. Thanks for another lovely, inspirational recipe!

[Reply]

Reply

18 Sunshinemom March 4, 2009 at 5:40 pm

This reminds me of the rissotto I made but there is some difference too. Will try this soon. What is that thing next to the fork in the last picture? Just curious about the flowery ending in silver!!

[Reply]

Reply

19 Cham March 4, 2009 at 6:24 pm

What a delicous way to incorporate the brown rice and beans. Love the smoky flavor of almonds too. Ur pic re always mind blowing Sala!

[Reply]

Reply

20 Elra March 4, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Very vibrant (my kind of dish) and delicious recipe.
Cheers,
elra

[Reply]

Reply

21 Maryann March 4, 2009 at 7:25 pm

I love the smoked almonds in your dish!

[Reply]

Reply

22 Vicky Xavier. March 4, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Cajun Brown rice with veggies looks healthy n easy.

[Reply]

Reply

23 Grace March 4, 2009 at 8:44 pm

i love cajun flavors, and this is a beautiful dish! i’m glad you mentioned the crunch from the almonds, because that’d likely be my favorite part!

[Reply]

Reply

24 Culinarywannabe March 4, 2009 at 9:04 pm

We make red beans and rice all the time around here. It’s one of my favorite meals. Great way to lighten it up!

[Reply]

Reply

25 lisaiscooking March 4, 2009 at 9:31 pm

This looks so colorful and delicious! The rice and grain combination sounds great.

[Reply]

Reply

26 Chris @ Beyond Ramen March 4, 2009 at 9:49 pm

I’ve been craving real Cajun flavors recently but didn’t know which seasonings to use – thanks for this recipe!

[Reply]

Reply

27 Hayley March 4, 2009 at 10:07 pm

This looks so delicious. I love rice and beans, it’s always so filling. Thanks for the recipe!

[Reply]

Reply

28 thecleanveggie March 4, 2009 at 11:34 pm

sounds DELICIOUS :) love rice and cajun flavoring!

[Reply]

Reply

29 n33ma March 5, 2009 at 12:22 am

So colorful and delicious!!!!

[Reply]

Reply

30 Vibaas March 5, 2009 at 1:55 am

this looks so bright. colourful and tempting :) yum!

[Reply]

Reply

31 Gina March 5, 2009 at 2:05 am

That looks so deliciously yummy!

I didn’t know you were near DC :) Let me know if you go to Hawaii, I can definitely give tips, and I’ve been to all the islands!

[Reply]

Reply

32 Cindy DG March 5, 2009 at 2:15 am

This looks wonderful, I have bookmarked your blog!
Yeah, I am glad I found it!
cindy
http://vegetarianmamma.blogspot.com

[Reply]

Reply

33 Bharti March 5, 2009 at 4:25 am

This looks really hearty and good for you.
I have liquid smoke and have done nothing with it so far! Now I know where to use it. Thanks for the idea.

[Reply]

Reply

34 Usha March 6, 2009 at 3:30 am

Wow this looks truly awesome, loved the flavors you have used in this dish :-)

[Reply]

Reply

35 SMN March 6, 2009 at 9:55 am

first time here and a very interesting blog with variety of recipes. this one pot dinner looks awesome. I would love to prepare it,

[Reply]

Reply

36 Sia March 6, 2009 at 3:53 pm

i have got almost all the ingredients in my pantry. guess this is what we gonna have this weekend :)

[Reply]

Reply

37 veggie belly March 6, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Sunshinemon, thats a napkin ring I picked up in Morocco. Its flexible so you can twist it into different shapes.

You can see it better in this picture:

http://www.veggiebelly.com/2009/02/muhammara-walnut-pomegranate-dip.html

[Reply]

Reply

38 Donna-FFW March 6, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Just stumbled onto your blog. This dish is amazing. Your picture is gorgeous. I am not vegetarian but do cook meals such as this sometimes. I am definitely trying this one! I love everything you put into it!

[Reply]

Reply

39 Cynthia March 7, 2009 at 1:57 am

You make healthy food and vegetarian food so fantastically attractive.

[Reply]

Reply

40 kitchenetta March 7, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Mmmm, looks very very good.

[Reply]

Reply

41 Kevin March 7, 2009 at 10:42 pm

That rice looks really tasty!

[Reply]

Reply

42 bee March 9, 2009 at 9:31 pm

this looks great, and i love the combination of flavours and spices.

[Reply]

Reply

43 heidileon March 10, 2009 at 1:14 pm

wow, this recipe looks so healthy and yummy!!! Great way to cook brown rice, which by the way I have in my pantry kitchen for months (arg..)now I know how I’m gonna cook them. Thanks

[Reply]

Reply

44 meeso April 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm

That is a great looking dish, so colorful and healthy :)

[Reply]

Reply

45 Sarah Vieweg May 26, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Hello – I’m in the midst of making this recipe, and it turns out that the rice is taking about 1.5 hours to cook. I make brown rice a lot and don’t typically have issues with it taking over 50 mins to cook. Any ideas on how I can correct this when I try this recipe again? It looks so good, I just want to make it properly. Thanks!

[Reply]

Sala @ Veggie Belly Reply:

Cooking time may vary depending on the rice you are using. My brown rice usually takes about 45 minutes. You could try using pre-cooked microwaveable brown rice next time – saute everything else and then stir in the precooked brown rice.

[Reply]

Reply

46 cathy November 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

I made this tonight and mostly it is delis! There is one flavor that is a bit bitter, any idea what it might be? I would cut down on that flavor next time if I can decide which one it is. Thanks!

[Reply]

Reply

47 Valerie Barkley January 31, 2013 at 10:45 am

This is a fantastic rice dish. I’ve made it once, but it’s now a favorite, and I will make it again. Thank you.

[Reply]

Reply

Leave a Comment

Comment using OpenID

Page 1 of 11

Previous post:

Next post: