Monday, June 21, 2010

Meatless Monday - Coconut Red Beans and Rice

Welcome to "Meatless Monday". I'm not sure how long this is going to last, but until further notice, Monday's have been dubbed a meatless day in our home, so I'll be sharing a meatless recipe with you each Monday. We started off with this simple crock pot recipe. It was in desperate need of salt, but after a few dashes, we gobbled it up.

1 cup dried small red beans (soaked overnight, then boiled for 10 minutes)

1 large onion, finely diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 (14.5-ounce) can coconut milk (full fat is best. if you prefer to not use full-fat, add a drop or two of coconut extract to intensify the flavor)

3 cups chicken broth

1 1/2 cups long grain basmati white rice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 limes, cut in wedges

Sort beans, and soak overnight in a bunch of water. In the morning, drain the water and dump the beans into a large pot of fresh water. Boil rapidly on the stovetop for at least 10 minutes before draining and putting into your crockpot. Red beans MUST be boiled on the stove before added to the slow cooker to kill a possible toxin that occurs naturally.

Add onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Pour in the whole can of coconut milk (the creamy stuff, too), and chicken broth. Stir in raw rice and kosher salt. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until beans are bite tender. Before eating, squeeze on a bit of lime juice for a fun tropical twist.

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