Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New Orleans Red Beans and Rice

Good Morning Ya'll! Well, I know this is not Monday...our official day for this succulent dish, but we had company to stop by to visit last eve with James and I got behind. 
   If you know anything about Louisiana cooking, then you know I had to make some changes to the original recipe. I simply, eliminated all meats, oils; reduced the sodium and added more herbs. Here's what I ended with: chopped celery, bell pepper, onions; instead of whole garlic, I used powder, basil, thyme, and 1 bay leaf....all to taste. Prepare the dry kidney beans, rinse, then fill a large kettle with cold water and bring to a boil. Remove from fire and allow to sit an hour. After and hour, return to fire and bring back to boil, then to a low boil. Add all seasonings, adjust where needed remembering to gently stir them. Allow to cook until tender. Some cooks mash the beans, but I like mine as you see them, without the mashed mushy consistency.
  This is still some good eating, especially with the smothered onions, and if that wasn't enough, I pan seared pork chops with onions in a brown sauce. Cornbread recipe from the dietitian went well with them, and roasted veggies...this proved to be a Southern meal fit for a king...
  He enjoyed his portion and later, we had a late snack...sugar and fat free, of course!

Ya'll it doesn't get any better than this...you must try it!

Our day is turning out to be a pretty and warm one. James and I are enjoying porch sitting and taking in this beautiful weather.
  We hope you are having a great day too, and we want to leave you with this:
"God is opening His hand and Satisfying the desire of every living thing."
James and Loretta


  1. This looks absolutely delicious. I'm always looking for healthy new recipes and I will definetely try this out. Thank you for sharing it!! Have a blessed day. :)

  2. My mouth is watering...I love beans and rice its a winning combination.
    A healthy lifestyle is the best way you just have to tweak the recipe a titch. Bon Appetit`

  3. Hey Loretta! Looks delicious!! Love some good cookin ;)
    Renee Lackey

  4. Looks just as good! Amazing actually.

  5. Dear Loretta, This meal sounds tasty and satisfying.
    I am glad that you and James are doing well. It is scary to have to go through what you went through. I am happy that your spirits seem to be much better and you are adjusting.
    I will always keep you in my prayers.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xoxo

  6. Looks delicious, and healthy to boot. Good for you.

  7. So happy that you are adjusting your beloved Southern Cooking.

    You said my blog doesn't show-up-in whatever Reader you use...

    I can't use any of those Ways-To-Read-New-Posts-in-Fav-Blogs. I made a private blog ("My Little Posse"), which I link to on my Sidebar, but only for myself, since it's Private.

    There I put the Blogger Thing, which shows me when new posts are posted, on my Fav. Blogs. It is proving to be the easiest way!!!

    I list the blogs, on there. No Net thing messes with my listing. I can add and subtract them, because it is totally Private and I don't hurt any feelings.

    I love it!!! More so, when I see someone complain about how her Reader Thing is not working correctly.

    HI back to James!!!!! And tell him that I am sooooooo proud of him, for how he is doing-what-he's-supposed-to-do, these days!!!!!! "Auntie" sezzzzzz... He is a Super Hero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gentle hugs...

  8. My husband loves red beans and rice and this looks so good. Thanks for the amended recipe. It has been lovely weather and we are enjoying the scent of the gardenias and lavender this evening!

  9. Hmmmmm, I can smell and taste it all the way in Georgia. I will have to try this recipe one day. Many hugs to you two.


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