So by now, hopefully you’ve all had a chance to read my first tutorial post: Creole Seasoning. Mixing up your own creole seasoning means you get to have your flavorful New Orleans cuisine just the way you like it – spicier, saltier, or the opposite. A great way to experiment with your homemade creole seasoning is to whip up a batch of this 30 minute red beans and rice. It’s a fast way to make a classic New Orleans meal and can easily be made vegan, but still pack plenty of protein and flavor!
Typically in New Orleans, red beans and rice is eaten on Mondays…you know, laundry day. Even when made from dry beans, you just soak the beans over night then put it on the stove to simmer all day as you get your house chores done. That’s the way it was done in my grandmother’s house and exactly what my mom remembers from her childhood about Mondays growing up in New Orleans.
I love traditions. Traditions make Thanksgiving my favorite holiday and traditions make Christmas and New Years literally the most wonderful time of the year. I even enjoy weekly traditions. For my mom, it was red beans and rice on laundry day and for me and my brothers, it was spaghetti night every Sunday to spend some quality time as a family before the school week began again.
Because of these traditions, every time I taste spaghetti or red beans and rice now, I feel a sense of coming home – complete comfort and happiness – comfort food at it’s finest! These days it isn’t always practical to put beans on the stove to cook all day, but I still hope you find a little comfort in this quick and easy red beans and rice.