This super easy Cajun Red Beans and Rice is made in one pot and naturally vegan, gluten free. Get ready for the ultimate comfort food which is made with only simple ingredients and high in flavor.
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This Cajun Red Beans and Rice is no exception to my list of easy vegan recipes.
These are for real: incredibly easy in one pot, filling, texture perfect, packed with amazing cajun flavors, hearty, and filling.
Also super satisfying, flavor packed, stress free, amazingly aromatic, versatile, and a must make for everyone who adores one pot meals.
How to season red beans
I used cajun seasoning and garlic in this dish, which packs a lot of flavor and taste.
If you’re looking at the list of optional add ons, you see I added further chili powder, cumin, dried sage, and thyme.
These seasonings are totally optional but they add a lot of flavor to the meal.
For my taste the quantities are just right. But that is of course a matter of taste.
But if you prefer more cajun, less sage, just adjust it. Or if you’re not a fan of one of them, leave it out.
It’s the beauty of these optional add ons. You can use them or leave them out to build your own taste and incorporate your favorites.
How to make red beans and rice
Traditional red beans and rice are made with pork, sausage, and butter. That’s not plant based or dairy free, obviously.
I used kidney beans, garlic, cajun seasoning, rice, and vegetable broth.
Optional I suggest you use bell pepper, onions, cumin, dried sage, thyme, cilantro powder, and cilantro if you like.
Shall we? It’s so easy! First, heat a bit oil or vegetable broth in a pot. Add garlic, optional onions, bell pepper, and fry for around 4 minutes.
Next add rice, cajun seasoning, vegetable broth. Season with salt and pepper, cook for 8 minutes more.
Finally it’s time to give the beans and more optionals like dried thyme, sage, cumin, chili powder to this and mix in the totally optional cilantro. Serve on plates or in bowls.
This makes such an amazing dinner, lunch, or meal preparation that the whole family will love.
What to serve with red beans and rice
I find it’s absolutely filling on it’s own.
But if you like something to go along with it, I would guess it’s amazing with this Easy Jalapeno Cornbread.
Can you freeze red beans and rice
This dish will absolutely freeze beautifully up to 1 month.
You can make it and add everything in advance.
Except for the optional cilantro. This is something I would only add fresh and not in advance.
If frozen, the cilantro will get mushy and the flavor will disappear completely.
So remember: If you use the optional cilantro, always add it fresh.
It’s not suitable for freezing.
Give this Cajun Red Beans and Rice a try and wow your entirely family and friends.
- 2 cups rice, uncooked
- 4 cups vegetable broth
- 1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained
- 5 cloves garlic
- 4 tsp cajun seasoning
- salt, pepper to taste
Optional add ons:
- 1 cup bell pepper
- 3/4 onions
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
- 1 tsp dried sage
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp chili powder
- Heat a bit oil or vegetable broth in a pot. Add garlic, optional onions, bell pepper, and fry for around 4 minutes.
- Next add rice, cajun seasoning, vegetable broth. Season with salt and pepper, cook for 8 minutes more.
- Finally it’s time to give the beans and more optionals like dried thyme, sage, cumin, chili powder to this and mix in the totally optional cilantro. Serve on plates or in bowls.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 492Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0.3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 152mgCarbohydrates: 103gFiber: 5.8gSugar: 1.8gProtein: 14.6g