Happy Sunday everyone! I don’t know a lot about Mardi Gras to be honest with you. All I do know is that it’s a carnival/party of some sort that is thrown most famously in New Orleans. I have often seen some crazy outfits, out of control people doing silly things but one thing is for sure, like most parties, it comes with great food!! I had to look up recipes most commonly celebrated with Mardi Gras I have to admit. I was surprised to discover that a lot of Mardi Gras food choices consist of Cajun or spicy foods! I was super excited to discover this because well we love a good kick in this home! Sooooooooooooo let’s thank Leslie from La Cocina de Leslie for hosting this super fun event! I seriously can not wait to check out these recipes and Pin some of them to my new “MUST TRY” pinterest board!
I actually made two things for this event but decided on the food one verses the beverage one because well it was awesome!! So good that I had it for lunch 3 more days later that week as an actual dish when it was meant as a side dish. I pulled out the Baked Chicken Egg Rolls I made a few months ago to have for dinner and just needed that perfect side dish to go along with it. My new favorite thing to do is make all different kinds of rice pilaf’s from scratch. I don’t know why but I love doing it. I then came across a recipe from a fellow friend blogger of mine that is a nutritionist, so when this girl says it’s healthy and filling, I’m going to trust her. Plus, she lives in New England like me so I like her that much more! Thank you Julia for giving me inspiration for this dish!!
Serves: 4 Main 6 Sides
Recipe Adapted From: Juggling with Julia
Cook Time: 15 Min
Cajun Rice & Beans
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 large sweet onion, chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
One 14 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups prepared mild salsa
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 tbsp of Cajun seasoning (depending on the kick you’d like less or more)
What to do:
In a medium sauce pan sautee the onion and yellow peppers on medium heat tossing to coat for 5-8 min. Add chopped garlic and sautee for 3-5 more minutes. Add the salsa, beans, rice, seasoning and stir to combine and bring to a simmer. Cover, turn to low and let simmer for 5 minutes allowing the flavors to mingle. Then you get this deliciousness!
This had the perfect amount of heat for me, I like medium. You can always add less or more Cajun seasoning so use your own judgement. My husband recently asked me for more bean dishes so this one was created with him in mind, this can easily be a main dish or add some chicken to it if you’d like!
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So let’s go check out what everyone else brought to the supper table today! Let’s get this party started!
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