Need an easy vegetarian dinner? This Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice makes for a delicious dump freezer meal!
Did you know that going meatless at least once a week can help you save money?
Meat can be one of the more expensive parts of a meal; so at least once or twice a week I make a vegetarian/vegan meal to stretch the budget. It usually ends up being some form of rice and beans, like this Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice.
It’s such a simple recipe, and it almost doesn’t need to be a freezer meal. But it was nice to be able to dump the bag into my slow cooker and leave it alone for a couple hours!
What kind of rice do you use?
For this recipe, I used dried brown rice. It usually takes longer to cook than white rice and needs a bit more liquid. You can use white rice if you’d like, but I recommend cooking it for maybe an hour instead of two. Otherwise the rice might become mushy.
What can you serve with this?
I roasted some zucchini and butternut squash for side items; and I spooned a bit of sour cream on top. It was really simple, but super filling!
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- 2 cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 cup uncooked brown rice
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 cup green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 1/3 cup vegetable broth
- Add all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir. Cook on HIGH for 1-2 hours until the rice is fully cooked. Check after one hour to make sure the rice doesn't get mushy.
If turning this into a freezer meal, place all ingredients inside a gallon-sized freezer bag and freeze until ready to use. Cook according to the directions above.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 385Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 717mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 12gSugar: 6gProtein: 17g
Nutrition information is an estimate and should not be regarded as medical advice.