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Meaty red kidney beans make this dish a meal.  Puerto Ricans and others make a similar recipe. 

Cajun Style Red Beans with Rice

2 tsp. cooking oil
2 or 3 slices bacon, diced
2 tsp. olive oil
1 med. onion, diced
1 small red or green bell pepper, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
3 or 4 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp.
dried thyme
1/2 tsp.
dried oregano
1 Tbsp. paprika

1/4 tsp. or more red pepper flakes

2 15/16 oz. cans red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
2 cups fat-free chicken broth

Set some brown rice to cook.

Heat cooking oil and add bacon.  When crisp, drain and discard oil.  Set aside bacon.

Add olive oil to skillet, with onion, pepper, and celery.  Sauté until soft.  Add garlic and seasonings; stir for a moment. Add bacon, beans and broth.  Bring to a boil. Turn to a simmer and cook until beans are creamy and broth is mostly reduced.  Serve over brown rice as a side dish or a main meal.


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