Time-Saving Red Beans & Rice


Most weeknights, I need an EASY BUTTON when it comes to dinner. I’ve worked all day and don’t want to work EVEN MORE in the kitchen. But I still want a hardy, savory meal that is also healthy for more family. This Time-Saving Red Beans and Rice is just the Easy Button I need for Meat-Free Monday!

MEAL PREP TIPS: Chop the celery, onion, garlic, and bell pepper then store in an airtight container or plastic bag until ready to cook.


  • 1 can red beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups rice, cooked (I like Uncle Bean’s Ready Rice – two packages)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 celery stalk, diced
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning, salt-free
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup green onions (for garnish)
  • 2 cups of spinach, chopped (substitute collard greens or chard)
  • Hot sauce (optional)


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the olive oil.
  2. Sauce the onion, celery, pepper, and garlic until tender.
  3. Stir in the vegetable stock, red beans, onion powder, cajun seasoning, and tomato paste. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Serve 1/2 cup of bean mixture over 1/2 cup of rice and 1/2 cup of chopped spinach. Top with hot sauce (optional).

Makes 4 Servings.

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