Red Beans and Rice is a deliciously easy one pot meal that is ready in under 30 minutes!This post is part of a sponsorship with First Fresh Chicken Sausage. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting My Gluten Free Miami and the companies that support it!
A NOLA Love Affair
My hubby and I love New Orleans. We went there for our honeymoon and had the best time eating our way through the city (doesn’t everyone plan their vacations around food?) it was amazing, but it was BC (before Celiac). Red Beans and Rice, Muffalata Sandwiches, Gumbo, Banana’s Foster…the kind of food you dream about.
One of my favorite things to make when I am missing New Orleans food is Red Beans and Rice.
Unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky to find a good sausage that is also gluten free. Plus, I don’t have time to spend all day cooking to get that delicious New Orleans flavor.
Enter First Fresh Chicken Sausage
About a month ago I was introduced to First Fresh Chicken Sausage. I used their Mild Italian to make an amazing Vodka Sauce and the Breakfast Links to make this 4 Ingredient Breakfast Casserole. I am in love with this sausage. We eat it several times a week. A few of the reasons that I love it are because:
Completely Gluten Free
No gluten ingredients are in their factories AT ALL. None. The CEO’s wife has Celiac Disease so they understand the importance of keeping gluten out of their facilities.
It’s Better For You
It’s made of chicken breast so it is much lower in fat than pork sausage, and it is high in protein.
I Can Read the Ingredients
It drives me nuts when food has weird ingredients that I cannot understand. There are no funny ingredients in this sausage, you can eat it knowing what you are eating!
Back to the Red Beans and Rice
Red Beans and Rice is one of our favorite dishes. My mom had a great recipe that I decided to tweak just a bit to make it work for me.
I loved the First Fresh Hot Italian Chicken Sausage in this. Just the right amount of spice and intense flavor.
Now, generally Red Beans and Rice requires a lengthy soaking and cooking of beans, but I used canned…I just don’t have the time to cook dry beans, if you do, awesome! Use them…for me though, it’s canned
The Holy Trinity
Anyone who has cooked Cajun food knows that the holy trinity of Cajun cooking is bell peppers, onions, and celery. I cannot stand bell peppers, so mine is more like a Holy Pair. If you like bell peppers, by all means buy one, chop it up, and add it in.
Use your favorite and use it to taste! I only used a teaspoon because I have a toddler who eats what we eat. The sausage has some spice, so that adds to the flavor. Just taste as you go!
I can guarantee this is quickly going to become a go to meal!
One Last Thing…
There’s a bonus recipe coming up this week using Red Beans and Rice leftovers that you do not want to miss! (That is, if there are any leftovers!) You can sign up here to be one of the first to know when it comes out AND you’ll get a couple Freebies!
- 3 cans red beans
- 1 package First Fresh Hot Italian Chicken Sausage
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 2 teaspoons gluten free chicken bouillon or paste
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 small onion, minced
- 2 stalks celery, minced
- 1-2 teaspoons gluten free Cajun seasoning
- 1 Tablespoon Vegetable oil
- Green onions for garnish
- Brown Sausage Links in 1 Tablespoon Oil, Remove and set aside.
- Sautee onion, garlic, and celery for about 3 minutes, until onion begins to appear transclucent.
- Open beans and add to pot. Do not drain.
- Add 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 2 bay leaves, and chicken boullion.
- Bring to boil, lower to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
- While simmering slice First Fresh Saussage links.
- Using a spoon, smash some of the beans against the side of the pot.
- Add to pot along with 1 teaspoon (or to taste) cajun seasoning.
- Simmer 5 minutes.
- Serve with white rice and top with sliced green onions