What is a kid friendly Vegan Red Beans and Rice recipe?

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Answered by: Anya, An Expert in the Healthy Recipes for Kids Category
It can be hard to find yummy, family friendly vegan recipes. Even if you are an otherwise carnivorous family- by choosing one day a week to be meat and dairy free you can help stretch your grocery budget- and you imagination when it comes to mid-week meals your family will enjoy. Here is an easy and delicious recipe for Vegan Red Beans & Rice. Enjoy!

For this recipes of Vegan Red Beans and Rice you will need:

2 pounds small red beans

1 head of celery

2 large onions

1 head of garlic

2 large green peppers

salt and pepper

one can of chipolte peppers in adobo

green onions for garnish

veggie broth

Start by doing a Soak or Quick Soak 2 pounds of small red beans

Next start chopping all the veggies, while the beans are simmering using the quick soak method

Get out a big pot, add some oil and all the veggies, let them get golden for about ten minutes.

Add in 1 teaspoon pepper and 2 to 3 teaspoons of salt (depending on your salty love)

Open a can of chipolte peppers in adobo sauce and take out three peppers. Chop them in tiny pieces and add all the pieces and the saucy-ness that they were covered in to the pot. You can freeze the leftover peppers in the can in baggies, three peppers a bag.

Add in the beans and mix all the ingredients

Cover the bean with broth (veggie broth) and bring to a boil.

Once it has reached a boil turn it to low with the lid off. Let it simmer for several hours until your house smells divine and you can't help stopping what you're doing every 20 minutes to have a little taste. It should be quite thick at the end of the day.

After the beans are done soaking, add all the veggies in a bit of oil, the salt and pepper and most important the smoky chipolte peppers in adobo sauce! The chipolte truly adds enough enhanced flavor you won't even miss the traditional sausage. Give it a try!

Once it has cooked for a good long while, (simmer on low for five hours) serve the beans on top of a bed of fluffy white rice. Scallions are the perfect crunch for each bite.We all just loved it, a fresh flavorful variation of red beans we hadn't tried before. TWO kids said they wanted it for their birthday dinner. That is the best kind of thumbs up a cook can receive in a household with kiddos! A side note, if it seems to spicy add more rice to your bowl of rice. But truly, even the baby had seconds of the Vegan Red Beans and Rice

30 minutes before dinner prepare the rice. Take one bunch of green onions and chop to use as a garnish. Obviously if you are trying to save money this is the place to do it, but I felt like it was worth the additional .79 it cost.

This meal can feed a family of 8 for 2 days so you can prep another meal by making enough rice to use for 2 meals as well. Now you have a super easy meal for the next day!

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