Most people hold their red beans and rice recipes near and dear to their heart — which can make people reluctant to change. But with everything, there is always room for improvement! Eating is the most intimate interaction that we have with the gifts of Mother Nature. Therefore, everything (ok, most things) that we eat should be non-processed, fresh and healthy. But it should also taste good!

The most common resistance I get in conversation is that “healthy food does not taste good.” Not only do I disagree, but would argue that healthy food tastes 1,000 times better if prepared correctly. The combination of red beans, flavorful brown rice, sauteed vegetables and meat makes this dish tasty indeed.

Finally, cooking this healthy red beans and rice recipe should be easy, and easy this is!

Healthy Red Beans and Brown Rice

Grocery List for 8 Servings:

Grocery List

  • One Pack of Red (Kidney) Beams – $2 (1 bag)
  • Onion (1) – $1
  • Green Bell Pepper  (1) – $1
  • Turkey Sausage (1 pound) – $3
  • Fresh Deli-Cut Ham in Cubes – (1/4 pound) $2

Seasonings List:

  • Tony Chachere – 3 Tablespoons
  • Garlic Powder – 3 Tablespoons
  • Dry or Fresh Basil – 3 Tablespoons
  1. Rinse your red beans.
  2. Place your red beans in a pot and cover with 10 cups of water.
  3. Add Tony Chachere, Basil and garlic powder.
  4. Cook over high heat until the water boils, and then lower the temperature to low-medium heat.
  5. Cook your brown rice as directed.
  6. Chop onion and bellpepper into small squares (As small as you can.
  7. Cut up the sausage  into quarter-inch slices.
  8. Cook sausage and ham over medium-high heat until nearly well-done.
  9. Add onion and bell pepper to the cooking meat and cook until the onion and meat are brown.
  10. Put cooked meat and seasoning in the bean pot.
  11. Continue cooking until beans are soft, which should be 2-3 hours. Be sure to stir your pot frequently.
  12. Adjust seasoning to taste. You may need to occasionally add water. Add more water for a lighter, soupier consistency.
  13. Serve over brown rice!

The green seasoning in the picture above are actually chives! I added them to make the picture pretty, but it actually tasted good! Maybe I’m on to something 😉

If you are from or live in New Orleans, you know that this is the traditional Monday Special! If cooked in a healthy manner, eating beans the first day or two of the week is part of an excellent diet plan! Just be sure that you keep your portions under control if you are trying to lose weight.