Healthy Red Beans and Rice

Healthy Red Beans and Rice PinThis Healthy Red Beans and Rice recipe is full of color, flavor and texture. With only 209 calories per serving, it packs 12 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein, 89% RDV of Vitamin A, 174% Vitamin C and 25% Iron. This traditional Creole dish is a nutrition powerhouse!

Amelia’s mom gave us this recipe that she found in the American Diabetes Associations’ Diabetes & Heart Healthy Cookbook. I think it’s interesting that the original recipe calls for sautéing the veggies in olive oil when several studies suggest that added fat such as olive oil is a leading cause of Type II diabetes. Needless-to-say, we replaced the oil with vegetable broth as we generally do to remove the added fat.

This is a nice one-pot recipe that makes a great stand-alone dish, but it also pairs well with a healthy Side Salad or a slice of multigrain bread for dipping.


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4 servings 20 minutes
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Healthy Red Beans and Rice
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Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
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60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Heat veggie broth in large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add chopped onion, peppers, carrot and garlic to pan and cook for 4-5 minutes. Cover the skillet with a lid to steam the veggies and prevent broth from evaporating. Stir occasionally.
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  3. Add the uncooked rice, thyme, cumin, red pepper and salt to skillet and combine. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, and water and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to simmer and cook, covered, for about 50 minutes. The rice will still be a little undercooked.
  5. Add the beans and hot sauce to the skillet and continue to cook, covered for 10-20 minutes. You may need to add more veggie broth depending on the consistency of your rice. Cook until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
    Healthy Red Beans and Rice
Recipe Notes

Serving size is about 1 1/2 cups.

Recipe inspired by the American Diabetes Associations' Diabetes & Heart Healthy Cookbook.

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