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Cajun Rice
with beans and bell peppers

Active: 30 min Total: 30 min
Today's meal draws inspiration from the hearty food of New Orleans. We've lightened up some of the classic components by loading up on lots of colorful veggies while keeping the flavors robust and satisfying.
Smarts: Can't find Cajun seasoning? Approximate by mixing equal parts paprika, celery seed, garlic powder, dried basil, dried thyme, and white pepper. Add cayenne to taste.


Cajun Bell Peppers and Beans Saute:
  • Red onions, small - 1 , sliced
  • Bell peppers, any type - 2 , thinly sliced
  • Zucchini - 1 , sliced at a bias
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , finely chopped
  • Kidney beans (14oz / 397g can) - 1 can , drained and rinsed
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Cajun seasoning - 1 Tbsp
Cajun Rice:
  • Onions - 1/2 , diced
  • Celery - 1 stalk , diced
  • Bell peppers - 1 , diced
  • Garlic - 1 clove , minced
  • Cooking oil - 1 Tbsp
  • Bay leaves - 1
  • Cajun seasoning - 1 Tbsp
  • Long grain white rice, uncooked - 1 cup


  1. For Cajun rice | Onions / Celery / Bell Peppers / Garlic - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. For saute | Onions / Bell peppers / Zucchini / Garlic - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Kidney beans - Drain and rinse.

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  1. Make rice by heating a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then onion, celery, and bell pepper to heated oil and saute until soft and translucent, ~5 minutes. Add garlic, bay leaf, and Cajun seasoning and salt to taste. Then add the rice and cook until brown and toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add water (using a 2:1 ratio of water to rice), reduce the heat to low, cover and cook the rice for twenty minutes.
  2. While rice cooks, heat a saute pan or skillet over medium-high heat for saute. Add oil and then onions, peppers, and zucchini to heated oil and saute with Cajun seasoning and some salt and pepper. Cook until they are tender and sweet, 5 to 7 minutes. Add beans and heat through.
  3. To serve, plate the rice and then heap beans and bell peppers on top. Enjoy!



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