Monday, March 7, 2011
Mardi Gras and Meatless Mondays
People around the world are committing to improve their personal health, the health of our planet, and to living a more compassionate life by joining the Meatless Monday Movement. Movers and shakers like Bob Harper (trainer for The Biggest Loser), Mario Batali (celebrity chef and king of pancetta), Michael Pollan (food activist), Wendi & Rupert Murdoch (super rich media mogul couple so they must know something, right?), Yoko Ono (thinks everyone should give peas a chance), and Sir Paul McCartney (meatless Monday pioneer and Beatle) are leading the effort to better living with lentils.
Red and Other Colored Beans & Rice with a Jambalaya & Etouffee Influence
1 pkg. Melissa's Six Bean Medley
2 green onions, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
2 red, 2 yellow veggie sweet peppers (or equivalent)
vegetable or olive oil
1 Tbsp. Earth Balance
1 Trader Joe's Italian sausage-less sausage (cut in half lengthwise, then in quarters)
6-8 Vegefarm vegeshrimp
pinch of smoked paprika
pinch of cayenne or ancho chile powder
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 cup brown rice
- Cook the brown rice and set aside.
- In a saute' pan with a bit of oil, saute' the sausage about 3-4 minutes on each side.
- Remove the sausage then do the same with the shrimp, but sprinkle a pinch of smoked paprika on these and finish cooking with the Earth Balance for "buttery" richness. Set aside the shrimp.
- Saute' the onions and peppers. Add the package of Melissa's Six Bean Medley* and stir to combine.
- Season with salt, pepper, and chile powder to taste.
- Set aside 1/2 the cooked brown rice for easy brown rice pudding later.
- Put the rest of the brown rice on a serving plate or bowl.
- Pour the bean mixture over the rice.
- Strategically place the sausage and shrimp over the bean mixture.
- What are you waiting for - Laissez le bon temp roulez!
*Of course you can use dried beans or canned beans but these are so much easier and taste better too.