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Easy Red Beans & Rice

If you’re looking for a quick, easy, healthy weeknight dinner, look no further.  It doesn’t get any easier then this. The entire Weekly Bite famila devoured this meal… Mr Weekly Bite, me, & M.  We ate it up.

I was a little worried that M wouldn’t eat it because of the spiciness, but I was wrong. I should never underestimate that little girl.

Here’s how easy this meal came together.

First you slice up some andouille sausage and saute it in a little olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes. I used Trader Joe’s Chicken Andouille Sausage. It went perfectly with this meal.

To the sausage, add one chopped onion, one chopped bell pepper, and two finely chopped cloves of garlic. Cook for about 7 minutes until veggies are tender.

Next add in your kidney beans, diced canned tomatoes, oregano, salt, pepper, paprika, and a cajun spice of your choice. I used CrawDaddy’s Cajun Spice Mix. This is from the local CrawDaddy’s at my hometown in Texas. Unfortunately they don’t sell it nationwide 🙁  Zataran’s is my next favorite seasoning.

You wanna cover the bean mixture and let it simmer for 25 minutes. While this is simmering, cook your rice. You can use whatever rice you like. Normally we eat brown rice, but we’re on a mission to clean out our pantry and we have a very large bag of white rice needed to be used. I cooked 1 cup of dry rice in two cups of water for 20 minutes. The rice was ready just in time.


  • 1 pound andouille sausage (sliced)
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
  • olive oil
  • 2 can’s kidney beans (drained & rinsed)
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon cajun seasoning (more depending on your taste)
  • 1 cup dry white rice
  • 2 cups water

In a large saucepan, drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil and saute sliced sausage over medium heat until it starts to brown a little. To the sausage, add chopped onion, bell pepper, & garlic. Cook for about 7 minutes or until veggies are tender. Add kidney beans, tomatoes, and spices. Cover and simmer for 25 minutes.

While the beans are simmering, combine your water & rice in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover & cook for 20 minutes or until rice is tender.

For serving , you can either mix the rice and beans together, or serve it like it did by layering the rice first, then topping it with beans.

I love how easy this family dinner came together.

This dish will be making an appearance again very soon 🙂

20 Responses

  1. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on January 31, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I love beans and rice..a complete protein for a non-meat eater like me! I need to bookmark this recipe for sure!

  2. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods said on January 31, 2011 at 10:16 am

    What a gorgeous dish- so colorful! Love me some beans and rice.

  3. Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood said on January 31, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Oh gosh, I used to go to Taco Bell every week just to eat their tacos when I was in college! So nice to know that I can make my own at home – and it’ll be healthier too! =)

  4. Delishhh said on January 31, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Awesome easy dish. I love that. I make some rise and bean mixture now and then and i like it spicy so i usually add a bunch of jalepeno peppers into it. Love it.

  5. LauraJayne said on January 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    This looks amazing – and I love vegetarian sausage, so I could totally make it veg-friendly! Great recipe!

  6. Chicago Cuisine Critique said on January 31, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Yum! This sounds very similar to a recipe I throw together that me and my boyfriend love. He’s a sucker for anything spicy, so this will definitely have to make an appearance on our menu soon. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  7. Feast on the Cheap said on January 31, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    What a great weeknight meal!

  8. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on January 31, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    You KNOW I love this, as a Louisiana girl. This totally reminds me of home 🙂

  9. Blog is the New Black said on January 31, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Looks so easy BUT so tasty. Looks great!

  10. Jessica @ How Sweet said on January 31, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I’ve never had red beans and rice. Been dying to try it!

  11. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons said on January 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I think I know what I’m making for dinner =) Thanks love! <3

  12. Heather @ Heather's Dish said on January 31, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I do love red beans and rice…an you had me at “easy”!!!

  13. Eliz@The Sweet Life said on January 31, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Looks delicious! Really beautiful colors.

  14. emily (a nutritionist eats) said on January 31, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    That is almost what I had for lunch today! Except mine was a pre-made beans and rice and yours looks 10x better!

  15. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) said on January 31, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I’m always on the hunt for quick n easy.. esp when it re-heats nicely. That way I can cook in the morning and just zap it later.

    Def going to have to try this out!

  16. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on January 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I love red beans and rice! The boys love it too, so it makes an appearance often here. Yours looks delicious!

  17. Barbara said on January 31, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Definitely going to try this recipe…I think even the kids will like this one!

  18. Mimi said on February 2, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I am vegan so i will be making this but substituting the chicken sausage for vegan sausage…I am sure will be just as tasty this reciepe looks awesome!!!

  19. Ameena said on February 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    This looks so good Estela! I am always trying to get Maya to eat beans so maybe this recipe will do it.

    Love your newsletter! It’s always so professional and yet short enough that I can look through it.