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Red Beans and Rice with Smoky Sauce


Red Beans and Rice with Smoky Sauce

Typically, red beans and rice is a non-vegan dish because of the ham hock and/or sausage that's used. Processed meats, including bacon and sausage may taste good to some folks, but that's only because of the high salt, smoke and fat content. Listen, processed meat is not needed to season food, especially when we have ingredients like smoked paprika, liquid smoke and salt available. So when you cook use the smoke, salt and fat (in moderation) and your food will taste hella good!! Plus, let's not forget that processed meats will kill you!

With that being said, without the inclusion of processed meats, the salt content to the recipe still remains high. To keep your sodium consumption at bay, I suggest you use a low sodium broth, ensure your kidney beans are drained and thuroughly rinsed, and use a low sodium hot sauce.

Serves: 3

Red Beans and Rice with Smoky Sauce

Prep time:

Cook time:

  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 3/4 cup veggie broth
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp vegan butter
  • 2 cans of kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 1 small bell pepper chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp liquid smoke (optional - use if you want it really smoky)
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayo
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp water

  1. Add rice, 1 3/4 cup broth, 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt, and butter to a pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. When it starts boiling, turn to low heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. When done cooking set aside.
  4. Sauté the peppers, onions, and garlic in 1 TBSP of oil until they start to soften.
  5. Add 1 tsp smoked paprika, onion powder, and 1 tsp salt. Cook for 1 minute.
  6. Add the kidney beans, 1 TBSP hot sauce, 1 cup veggie broth, and liquid smoke if using.
  7. Simmer for 10 minutes or until the veggies reach the desired texture.
  8. Add more liquid if necessary and season to taste. Turn off the heat.
  9. Fluff the rice with a fork and combine with the bean mixture.
  10. In a separate container, combine the mayo, 1 tsp smoked paprika, and a dash of hot sauce.
  11. Thin out with water. It should be thin enough to pour, but not runny.