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Super Fast Red Beans and Rice

SFRBRIt’s been a very long couple weeks. Finally this weekend, we have almost nothing to do. I couldn’t be happier. I felt it was important to welcome in this stress-free weekend with a healthy and delicious dinner. Of course, with a starving teen at home, speed is life.

This morning, I decided to make a more concerted effort to have more meat free meals. My initial plan was to make some Vegetable Wontons but alas, no wonton wrappers. Plan B was nonexistent. That left me wandering. I meandered around, when the Vegan meats in the refrigerator case caught my eye. I decided to grab some Tofurky Andouille Sausage, veggies, and make a colorful, healthy dinner.

Super Fast Red Beans and Rice
1 cup rice, cooked, and set aside – about three cups
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 red pepper and 1/2 yellow pepper, sliced
1 cup crushed tomatoes
I can red kidney beans
2 cups vegan broth
4 andouille sausages, sliced

  1. Saute onions, celery and garlic in a small amount of olive oil until slightly softened.
  2. Add the sausage and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes, broth, beans, and cooked rice. Heat through.
  4. About five minutes before you are ready to serve, stir in the sliced peppers and heat until they have warmed. They’ll still be crisp. You’ll love it!

If you have never tried vegan sausage, the first thing you will notice is the texture. It’s very different than traditional meat sausage. After a few bites, you should be able to move beyond it. As for the flavor, it was great! You may have noticed that I didn’t add any spices to my dish. You could easily add some salt and pepper and maybe a little cayenne; maybe even some cumin. I didn’t because I wanted to really taste the flavors of the sausage. I was not disappointed at all. And for those in my household who are actually afraid of a little heat, there wasn’t too much of that at all!

With Lent right around the corner, you may be looking for some meatless meals. I encourage you to try some vegan sausage or other vegan meat substitutes. If you’re worried about protein, you shouldn’t be. The Tofurky Andouille Sausage has 29 grams of protein per serving! And it appears to be a pretty good source of iron too!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Five Meatless Recipes


It’s that time of year when many of us make some changes in our lives as part of the Lenten season. I know several people who are giving up meat and many who will be adhering to a more simple diet as they reflect on the meaning of the season. Here are some recipes that are meatless and pretty easy to make. I know I plan on making several of these over the next few weeks. I hope you will too.

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 9.19.25 AMThese Fish Cakes can be made with any fish really. You can even used canned salmon. Everyone in my house loves these. Perfect for Fridays during Lent.

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 9.28.16 AMOf course I was going to provide you with a shocking green recipe! My Spinach and Pear Soup has so many great flavors. If you leave out the blue cheese and yogurt, it turns from vegetarian to vegan.

aboAsparagus and Brie Orzo is my suggestion for meatless pasta. Use another veggie if you aren’t fond of Asparagus. You can also omit the cheese to keep this vegan, too.

clDoes your family enjoy Lentils? Then how about these tasty Curried Lentils? I happen to love this recipe and make it for myself pretty often. You can add apples to it to give a sweet contrast to the curry and any spices you add. Delicious!

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 9.24.09 AMI really love salmon! This Maple Glazed Salmon has a slightly sweet flavor. It’s great on the grill but you can bake it too, if you simply can’t get yourself to grill when it’s below 70.

I don’t know about you, but I am happy to have Lent upon us. It reminds me that it’s time to renew myself. And it also is a pleasant reminder that spring is very close.








Zippy Fish Cakes

zfcCold-mageddon is almost over. Are you tired? I am. My family is. My coworkers are. Staying warm is exhausting!

I like food with a little bit of a kick. It warms me up and it reminds me of warmer times, like summer or Mexico. Sigh.

I decided to play around with one of my go to dinners and spice it up a little bit. So we have…

Zippy Fish Cakes
1 1/2 lb flounder or other white fish, cooked, cooled and crumbled
2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 onion, chopped
1 egg, beaten
1/2 bread crumbs
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
black pepper
Old Bay
Celery Salt

1. Combine all the ingredients and mix well.
2. Shape into patties and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
3. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes. Flip and bake for another 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

My fish cakes had a nice little kick. I think they would have been great with some chopped jalapeños, too! They were very easy to make and warmed me up very nicely.

Lent is still over a month away. You should certainly pin this recipe to use later. Please also try my other Fish Cake recipe. Frank of Tales from a Middle Class Kitchen also has a fantastic looking recipe for Pesto Roasted Salmon with Spinach and Orzo. And Paula from Call Me PMc has a great looking recipe for Fish Tacos with Mango Avocado relish. All very pinworthy and all will remind you of warmer times.