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Red Beans and Rice

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation


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.



    This is the ultimate in thriftiness and convenience - beans in a slow-cooker. The long, slow cooking time coaxes all the flavor from the sausage into the beans for a mild yet full-flavored dish. You can also cook in on low heat for 8 hours.
  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 cup bean mixture, 3/4 cup rice, and 1 tablespoon green onions)

Nutritional Information

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

Good to Know

This is the ultimate in thriftiness and health—high-fiber, low-fat beans in a slow cooker. The long, slow cooking time coaxes all the flavor from the sausage into the beans for a mild yet full-flavored dish. If you need more time, cook it on low heat for 8 hours.