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Dirty Rice 

Dirty Rice

Another week another challenge from /52weeks!  This week the challenge was of the secret ingredient variety and we had to work with legumes.   Legumes come in all sorts of varieties and are one of the primary components of our diets – excluding peanuts of course.  I decided to go with kidney beans and tried to recreate a common dinner I had growing up, with a vegetarian twist.  Dirty rice is extremely simple to make, and there are a few kits on store shelves to make it even easier.   The first few times I made the dish I used one such kit until I figured out the right combination of spices and ingredients.

Dirty Rice

serves 4


2 tbsp EVOO

3 cloves garlic, diced

1/2 red onion, diced

2 tofurkery sausages, sliced

2 tbsp sundried tomatoes

1 cup pre-soaked kidney beans (if using canned make sure they are well rinsed)

1 1/2 cups rice

3 cups water

1 tbsp chili powder

1/2 tbsp paprika

1 tsp cayenne powder

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp cumin

1/4 tsp cinnamon

salt and pepper


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the garlic and onion and cook for 5 minutes before adding the tofurkey sausage. Cook the sausage until brown on all sides, about 10 minutes, before adding the sundried tomatoes and kidney. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking.
  2. Add the rice, water, and seasonings then bring to boil. Cover, and reduced heat, simmering for 20 minutes or until the water has been absorbed. Season to taste with salt and pepper
  3. Serve and enjoy!

I decided to top mine with some sour cream but Greek yogurt would also work, or nothing at all.  The best part is this is one of those dishes where the protein doesn’t really matter, making it one of those awesome cabinet emptying dishes.   For an extra boost, and crunch, serve over kale or spinach!

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