It appears that the spring is going to be just as unpredictable as the 2015 winter. Last week it was in the 70s and we started yard work, took the plastic off the chicken’s winter run (they are a bit puffed up today since the wind break is down), and moved the veggie seedling trays to the sun porch. Today it was in the 30s with rain that changed to sleet and then to snow and back again.
With all of the lovely weather we were blessed with over the past few weeks I had planned to change to our spring menus and clean the wood stove for the season. The weather today and the what is now promised for the balance of the week actually had me to start the wood stove, and brush off a couple of winter favorites for dinners this week. Today I made a pot of vegan red beans and rice with a side of pumpkin cornbread. The red beans have a very rich flavor with just a hint of spiciness created with fresh vegetables, veggie stock, creole seasoning, and a nice bunch of kale.
If you like red beans and rice but would like to forego the animal fat in the traditional recipe than you may want to try the following.
- 1 cup of dried rice
- 1 cup dried red beans, picked over
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped fine
- 1 medium carrot, chopped fine
- 1 large celery stalk, chopped fine
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped fine
- 5 cups vegetable stock
- 1 Tbsp creole seasoning
- 1 bunch of fresh kale, roughly chopped, or 1/2 cup of dehydrated kale
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Soak the beans overnight in a large bowl of water.
- Rinse and drain the beans.
- Add the beans, onion, carrot, celery, jalapeno, creole seasoning, and vegetable stock to a medium-sized crock pot, and cook for 6 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
- Taste the broth and adjust seasoning as needed.
- Cook rice according to package directions.
- Add the kale to bean mixture and cook for an additional 30 minutes.
- Serve the beans over 1/2 cup or so of rice with a side of cornbread.