Not a Hunk of Meat

So many of the slow cooker recipes I make are very similar. Put in a hunk of meat (chicken, beef, pork), add select chopped veggies and pour in broth or wine. As the weather has turned colder, it was time to explore some different recipes that stretched (not really break) the mold. This traditional Cajun dish or Red Beans and Rice seemed to fit the bill.

I liked the combination. I had made this dish previously outside of the slow cooker, but this was certainly an easy way to do it.

I have not traditionally kept many dried beans in the house. This winter, I have decided to cook more with them. Oh, that vegetable in the lower right is not a leek. It is one HUGE green onion. Really!

Yeah, I know. Add meat. Chop veggies. Add liquid. But at least it wasn’t a big hunk of meat…

I loved the smell walking into the house after a day at work.

I used shallow bowls to capture all of the flavorful juices.


Red Beans and Rice

Makes: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup bean mixture, 3/4 cup rice, and 1 tablespoon green onions)


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup dried red kidney beans
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 (14-ounce) package turkey, pork, and beef smoked sausage, thinly sliced (such as Healthy Choice)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups hot cooked long-grain rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions


Combine first 12 ingredients in an electric slow cooker. Cover with lid; cook on high heat for 5 hours. Discard bay leaf; stir in salt. Serve over rice; sprinkle servings evenly with green onions.

Nutritional Info:

Calories: 413 Calories from fat: 5% Fat: 2.5g Saturated fat: 0.7g Monounsaturated fat: 0.2g Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g Protein: 21.1g Carbohydrate: 76.3g Fiber: 10.1g Cholesterol: 18mg Iron: 6mg Sodium: 749mg Calcium: 102mg


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Categories: Cajun, Lunch, Main Dish 2, Pork, Recipes, Slow Cooker, Soup and Stew, vegetable3

Author:The Ranting Chef

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8 Comments on “Not a Hunk of Meat”

  1. November 23, 2012 at 11:10 am #

    Looks delish, I have been craving red beans and rice, might have to give this a try 🙂


  2. November 23, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Looks delish! Makes me want to break out the crock and whip up some chili. 🙂


  3. November 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    This looks as delicious as I’m sure it tastes. Can you also suggest adapting it to a vegetarian meal. As a dedicated carnivore myself, I am ashamed to admit it but I have a vegetarian son.


  4. thatoldschoolgirl
    November 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    hot sausage would add a bit of spice 🙂


  5. November 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    I also eat rice and beans, but Puerto RIcan style rice and beans. Maybe some day you’d like to try it. This looks delicious, though.


  6. November 24, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    I will FINALLY be getting a slow cooker for myself. Thanks for this inspiring dish which is right up our alley!


  7. howtonailjellotoatree
    April 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    I love Cajun food, red beans and rice is a favorite. Slow cooker-even better! You have a very nice looking site here.



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