These recipes are so simple to prepare. If you don’t have an Instant Pot you can make the rice on the stove-top too, so don’t fret. I like making the Stove-top Smoky Red Beans while you cook some Vegan Instant Pot Dirty Rice.
Please note: This post is sponsored by Harris Teeter. All the opinions and the recipes are mine and I hope you enjoy it.
You may not know that Harris Teeter has developed Harris Teeter Organics to give you affordable and easy solution to find organic foods near you. It doesn’t hurt that if you are not satisfied with a Harris Teeter Organics item for any reason, you can return your item and Harris Teeter will refund your money as well as replace the item with a like item of your choice (restrictions apply). So you won’t lose anything by giving them a try!
What I love is that HT Organics are free from GMOs, synthetic fertilizers/herbicides/pesticides, artificial preservatives/colors/flavors, antibiotics or growth hormones. There are a variety of items available (351 items to be exact), including Jasmine Rice, Brown Basmati Rice, Vegetable Broth, and an assortment of canned beans. Some HT Organics are even priced below non-organics brands!
Stove-top Smoky Red Beans
I love red beans and if you've ever had Blue Runner beans out of a can, you know the vegan creaminess that they have. Of course, they aren't organic and use cottonseed oil, so they are not for regular consumption.
My recipe is much healthier and if you choose organic veggies it will all be pesticide free! The coconut oil recreates that creaminess when pureed with the sauteed veggies.
Feel free to adjust the spices and seasoning to suit your taste. It never hurts to add a little more right before serving!
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or water saute to make oil-free)
- 1 cup minced onion
- 1 cup minced bell pepper
- 1/2 cup celery (or 1 teaspoon dried lovage or 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds)
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon marjoram
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
- 1/2 cup Harris Teeter Organic Vegetable Broth
- 3 - (15 ounce) cans Harris Teeter Organic Dark Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 bay leaf
- salt, to taste, optional
- hot sauce of choice, for serving
Heat up the coconut oil, if using, in a medium sauce pan. Once hot add the onion and saute until translucent. Then add the bell pepper, celery, garlic and Cajun seasoning. Saute until the peppers soften and the spices become fragrant.
Add the marjoram, thyme, pepper, liquid smoke, and Harris Teeter Organic Vegetable Broth. Cook another 5 minutes. Use an immersion blender, blender, or food processor and blend the ingredients until not quite smooth. You want a little bit of texture left.
Return the mixture to the pan, add the cans of Harris Teeter Organic Dark Red Kidney Beans and the bay leaf, mix well, cover and cook for 15 minutes on low heat. Until the flavors meld and the beans are throughly heated.