Spicy Red Beans and Rice Recipe is a family favorite – it is quick, easy and economical. Plus, it is healthy and uses chicken broth rather than chicken bullion cubes.
A Healthy Red Beans And Rice Recipe = A Healthy Comfort Food
One of my goals for this year is to be more budget conscience, especially where our food budget is concerned. It is really a balance between budget and healthy eating.
Let’s face it, healthy eating sometimes costs more! But, I would rather pay the food bill than a doctor’s bill! So, I am always looking for an easy meal that is also economical. That is exactly what Spicy Red Beans and Rice is – quick, easy and economical!
Being in the middle of pruning the vineyard (well, we are really just getting started!), I can easily make this Spicy Red Beans and Rice Recipe the night before, refrigerate and reheat it for lunch the next day.
We have our biggest meal of the day at lunchtime and after working all morning in the vineyard, by 12:30 pm everyone is hungry – I mean reeeaaaalllly hungry! So, I need something to fill these guys up!
Spicy Red Beans And Rice Is A Family Favorite!
Spicy Red Beans and Rice recipe is one of those recipes that has been in my recipe basket for years. It is an old newspaper clipping from I don’t remember where! It is taped to a recipe card, yellowed, marked with changes and still a family favorite.
The original recipe called for water and bullion cubes but what an improvement in taste and nutrition by using the real stuff – homemade chicken broth!
If your family is like mine, you might want to add more sausage – they actually separate out pieces of sausage and count to see who received the most!
I would like to say that this is limited to the younger children but, even the older children, although they may not pick them out to count, notice how many pieces of sausage they get!
Heaven forbid if a sibling (especially a younger one) got more than they did. Of course, this is all done in a loving fun way!
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Affordable meals don't have to be bland. Give this one a try!
- 3 c. chicken broth
- 1 lb dry kidney beans
- 1 1/2 c raw rice
- 1 lb smoked sausage chopped
- 2 onions chopped
- 1 bell pepper chopped
- 1 tsp cumin
- 16 oz diced tomatoes
- 1 c salsa mild
- Soak kidney beans covered in water overnight.
- In the morning, cook kidney beans until tender.
- In a large boiler, bring chicken broth to a boil.
- Stir in rice. When the broth returns to a boil, add the remaining ingredients except for the tomatoes and salsa.
- Return the mixture to a boil and turn the heat down to simmer. Cover and simmer for 35 min or until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off the heat.
- Add the tomatoes and salsa - mix well.
- Serve and enjoy!
This recipe is easily doubled, tripled and more. Multiply the amounts of all ingredients equally except the salsa - add more and taste as it can become to spicy even with mild salsa.