Wednesday, 20 January 2016

New Orleans Style Bean and Rice Casserole - a recipe for when it's cold outside

As part of the Veetee Rice Blogger Community, I have created a vegetarian recipe for a tasty, wholesome family meal for when it's cold outside. Using a pack of Veetee microwave New Orleans Style Rice, it is quick and easy to make a warming pot of Bean and Rice Casserole. It is a one pot meal, perfect for the winter, flavoured with the tastes of the deep South - chilli, smoked paprika and earthy kidney beans. The recipe makes a big pan full, perfect for feeding your hungry hordes!

deep south, creole, vegetarian

New Orleans Style Bean and Rice Casserole


2 red onions chopped
2 cloves garlic crushed
2 carrots chopped
2 potatoes chopped
1 sweet potato chopped
1 tin of chopped tomatoes with garlic and chilli
1 tablespoon tomato puree
300ml vegetable stock
3 cans of beans (kidney, aduki, chickpeas, butter, black etc)
1 teaspoon coriander leaves
1 teaspoon smoked paprkia
ground black pepper
(1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper for a spicier dish)
1 pack Veetee New Orleans Style Rice
150ml coconut milk
oil for frying



Put onions into a large saucepan and gently fry for 5 minutes.
Add garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Add chopped vegetables and fry for a further 5 minutes.
Pour in tomatoes, tomato puree and stock and bring to boil.
Reduce heat to simmer.
Add drained beans and corander and ground black pepper and simmer for 25 -30 minutes until vegetables are tender. (Add boiling water if it starts to boil dry.)
Microwave the rice for 2 minutes and add to the pan, stirring through.
Continue to simmer for a further 10 minutes until thickened.
Stir through coconut milk and heat through.

This dish is also great for the slow cooker. This is how I made it. Add everything except for the rice and coconut milk to the slow cooker and cook on high for 1 hour then on medium for 3 hours. Add heated rice and coconut milk and cook for a further hour until rich and thickened.

vegetarian, slow cooker

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