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Brown rice is a staple in my kitchen. I’m always on the lookout for great vegan rice recipes that are easy to prepare. Recently three such recipes showed up in my social media feeds. This one, Meatless Dirty Rice, meets my criteria of using readily available ingredients and being quick, easy and healthy.
I found this dirty rice recipe via Messy Cutting Board and adapted it to what I had on hand. That’s the beauty of this dish…versatility. Swap out ingredients, play with the spices, double the recipe.
What is Dirty Rice?
Dirty rice is a traditional Creole dish made from white rice that gets “dirty” from being cooked with veggies such as celery, onion and green pepper, and spices. It typically includes pork, beef or chicken. Meatless Dirty Rice swaps out white rice for brown, and excludes the meat entirely.
Meatless Dirty Rice Recipe
I cook the brown rice in a pressure pot and have it ready. Rice may be prepared in a saucepan on the stove. Start with 1 cup of dry brown rice and 1 1/2 cups of water, to create approximately 2 cups of cooked rice.
Meatless Dirty Rice
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 yellow onion chopped
- 1 green pepper diced
- 3 celery stalks chopped
- 2 garlic minced
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can garbanzo beans mashed
- 1 can kidney beans
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp creole seasoning
- 2 cups brown rice cooked
- Saute onion, green pepper, celery and garlic in coconut oil, until veggies are softened.
- Stir in diced tomatoes, cooking for 1 minute.
- Add mashed garbanzo beans, kidney beans, paprika and creole seasoning. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes.
- Add cooked brown rice. Stir and cook 5 minutes. Serve.
Serve up dinner in under 30 minutes with this simple recipe. My kitchen smelled wonderful, as I prepared Meatless Dirty Rice. And the taste? Oh, so good! In fact, I’ve made dirty rice three times in the last two weeks.
What I appreciate most about this recipe is its versatility. Messy Cutting Board used what she had in her kitchen to create a quick meal…and I did the same, using her recipe as a template. Prefer black beans or red beans over kidney beans? Swap them. Have red peppers in the fridge instead of green? That works too. I prefer brown rice, for its nutritional value. However, use white rice if that’s what you have.
I buy organic creole spice mix at Natural Grocers. You can order the spice here. The small amount adds mild spiciness. If more heat is desired, increase the amount slightly.
Try out this Meatless Dirty Rice, playing around with the recipe, making it yours. And then…enjoy!
Check out another favorite rice recipe of mine, Lentils & Brown Rice
And this easy and quick recipe from My Dainty Soul Curry Fried Rice
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