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Vegan Rice Recipes – Lunch or Dinner

Course: Main Course

Ingredients

Red Beans and Rice – (First part is for the red beans)

  • 2 cups small red kidney beans
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil (or olive oil if you prefer)
  • 1 small onion (chopped finely)
  • 2-3 stalks celery (depends on you and how much you want; I use 2)
  • 1 medium to large green bell pepper (chopped finely)
  • 2-3 bay leaves (you can use the bay leaf seasoning if you like)
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic (chopped – this may be too much for you, it all depends on your taste)
  • 2 TBSP thyme (you can also use fresh thyme, just use about 2 tablespoons instead of teaspoons)
  • 1 TBSP sage (if using fresh, make it 1 tablespoon instead)
  • 4 cups vegetable stock & 4 cups of water
  • 13 oz vegan sausage (chopped up in quarters – slice down the middle and half each piece, then chop)
  • 4-5 scallions for toppings (you can add more, depending on your taste)
  • Salt to taste (you can also use a salt substitute or leave it out completely)

Red Beans SPICES mix – (All the dry spices for this dish)

  • 2 TBSP fennel seeds (ground)
  • 1 TBSP cumin
  • 1/2 TBSP paprika
  • 1/2 TBSP smoked paprika
  • 1/2 TBSP cayenne pepper (if you like your dish spicier, by all means, add more of this)
  • 1 TBSP black peppercorns (ground)
  • 1 TBSP onion powder (not salt)
  • 1 TBSP allspice berries (ground)

Rice Preparation

  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 TBSP vegan butter (you can also use extra virgin olive oil)1 tsp of salt (or salt substitute)
  • 3 1/2 cups water

Instructions

  • Wash the rice under running water until the water is clear.
  • Add your butter to the saucepan and melt it, then add the rice. Sauté it for a few minutes, making sure to stir it so it doesn’t burn, but has a nice light golden color.
  • Add your water (3 1/2 cups) and the salt. Bring this to a boil, cover and let it cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Once the time is up, turn the heat off but do not open the lid. Let the rice sit there for another 10 minutes before you fluff it up.
  • Get your plate (or bowl) and pile it with rice, or as much as you think you can eat, grab your ladle and pour the beans on top; then add your chopped scallions.
  • ENJOY!!

Notes

(ALL of the spices will need to be ground up for this dish – you can either purchase them that way or use your grinder – I just buy them already done; it’s a lot faster and easier)