New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

May 10, 2006

Mmmmm, mmmmm good! The other night Tom and I made this weight watcher recipe together and it was so delicious that I have to post it. It’s spicy, tasty and easy!

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

If you are doing weight watchers, this is 6 points.

1 Cup Brown Rice
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper (I didn’t have one)
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb reduced sodium boneless ham steak, trimmed of all fat and cut into small pieces
1 15 1/2 oz can of red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon cajun seasoning (we added more)
1/2 cup reduced sodium chicken broth

1. Cook the rice according to package directions omitting butter

2. Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3-4 minutes. Add the ham and cook, stirring occasionally, until it starts to brown, 4-5 minutes. Add the beans and Cajun seasoning; cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, 1-2 minutes. Add the broth and cook until the liquid is almost completely absorbed, about 2 minutes. Serve over rice.

**We used beef smoked sausage instead of the ham and it was great!!! Tom also added some shrimp at the end. I don’t like shrimp that much but since we added it at the end it didn’t flavor the whole dish. We both are already craving this again.



12 responses to New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

  1. It looks really good, and I feel I have a pretty open mind about food, but try as I might red beans and rice has never been something I have enjoyed. No doubt yours is wonderful though!

  2. Too bad, Carl. You should try it.

    I never really cared for beans and rice either until I went on a mission trip to Brazil. We ate beans and rice for every meal except breakfast. I remember complaining about it but then when the next meal would come they would taste good again. Now every so often I get a hankerin’ for them.

  3. The picture makes it look washed out, but it is really a little darker. We used Zatarain’s cajun seasoning and it was really spicy. ( I won’t go into detail about the synergistic affect of cajun spice and red beans upon one’s bowel’s, heh-heh). I got the shrimp from Price Chopper, just plain white shrimp 40-60 count, and they steam it in cajun spice for free. Now, I am a total wimp when it comes to spice but this was just enough to add to the flavor of everything not overpower it or make it so hot you can’t taste anything else. The sausage is Kielbasa Polska, the best in my opinion, but to make it Weight Watcher friendly use cubed ham. This is a core dish so everything in it is okay to eat without counting points except the sausage. I loved it!

  4. Are you doing WW? Or do you just like the food ideas. I have several “diet” recipes that I make all the time, even though I don’t really care about the diet aspect of them at this point in time.

    I may fix this meal…and eat it alone. Red beans & rice is one of those things that Jonathan WILL NOT eat. I’ve suggested it before as a meal idea & I always get this look of …ewwww! So, I guess I’ll make it on a Tuesday night instead of eating the kids leftovers-LOL!

  5. The addition of the shrimp might just tip the scales…I just don’t like the red beans that much…or at all I should say. I’m not a beans and cornbread fan either.

  6. We are playing with the idea of doing weight watchers. Tom has done it in the past with good success. We are planning a trip for our anniversary and desperately need to lose all those baby lbs!! I might try this and see how I do. It seems pretty easy and like you can eat a lot of foods.

  7. Mmmmmmmmmm. . . I love red beans and rice. I have a yummy recipe that I’ve made a couple of times. I’ll have to try this one. I have used dry beans. Canned beans sounds so much easier. Thanks for sharing. I’ll give this a try!

  8. How about a little Jazz to go along with the meal?


  9. Thanks, James!!! I appreciate all the smilies.

    Hey everyone. . .now when you post you can really show us how you feel!!

  10. Yeah, Jules, this was extremely easy not having to cook the beans for several hours!!

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