Healthy Red Beans and Rice

Healthy Red Beans and Rice If you want real Cajun, you have to try red beans and rice. Often, this simple dish is loaded with fat and sodium. Try this reworked recipe that everyone loves! No one will ever know it’s the ‘healthy’ version! My daughters LOVE this!


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 10 mins

    COOK : 1 hr

    TOTAL : 8 hrs

    SERVING : 6

    YIELD : 6 servings

  • Put red beans in a large pot with enough water to cover by several inches. Soak 8 hours to overnight.

  • Drain and rinse beans. Pour hot water into the pot. Add beans, sausage, onions, bell pepper, celery, cayenne pepper, salt, and bay leaf to the pot; stir. Place pot over medium heat, put a cover on the pot, and cook, stirring frequently, for 30 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking at a simmer until the beans are tender, about 30 minutes more. Remove and discard bay leaf before serving.

Per Serving: 362 calories; protein 27.7g; carbohydrates 57.1g; fat 2.8g; cholesterol 26.7mg; sodium 872.4mg. If you aren’t concerned with the fat content, try different sausages to vary the flavor. I recommend Tasso ham or andouille sausage for a true Cajun flavor.