How to Cook Red Beans and Rice in a Pressure Cooker #LifeInCheck #EBTSNAPapp

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Living in New Orleans certainly has its perks. From toe tapping music to fun festivals and from the resiliency of our people to the neighborhood block parties, I love it all! But, if there is one thing that I love most about living in the Big Easy, it’s the food! My family has lived here for generations which makes for one overstuffed cookbook full of Louisiana recipes sure to make your mouth water. Over time, we have tweaked a few recipes to make them healthier, cost efficient, and time saving. Our favorite Monday dish is traditional Red Beans and Rice which can prepared quickly for our active family in a pressure cooker.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 lb red kidney beans
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic toes, chopped
  • 2-3 sticks celery, chopped
  • ½ bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 ½ tbsp Cajun seasoning
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1lb smoked sausage, cut into ½” thick slices
  • 7 cups of water (only use 6 cups if you prefer creamy beans)

Here’s how you make it:

  1. Soak beans in water overnight with 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  2. Chop seasoning (garlic, onion, bell pepper, celery) and slice smoked sausage into ½” thick pieces
  3. Heat remaining oil in pressure cooker over medium heat. Add chopped seasoning and cook for 5 minutes
  4. Add smoked sausage and cook for 10 minutes stirring occasionally
  5. Add water, beans, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme and bay leaves
  6. Wipe pressure cooker gasket with thin layer of oil. Seal pressure cooker lid onto the pot and cook on medium heat for 25 minutes after the pressure cooker regulator starts to rock (or vent)
  7. Remove from heat. Leave regulator on cooker until pressure drops (generally about 30 minutes)
  8. Serve over rice. If you prefer creamier beans, smash some beans while dish cools.
  9. Enjoy!

One pot of traditional New Orleans red beans goes a long way! My family of four gets at least two meals from just one pot making this not only a great source of fiber and protein, but a very frugal dish as well.

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