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Cajun-Style Rice

Inspired by Louisana’s popular Cajun dish of “dirty” rice, this variation has all the potency and flavor you could expect but omits the pork and the chicken livers, which traditionally give the dish its characteristic color. Perfect accompaniments are hot cornbread and baked pears. Minted iced tea or lemonade balances flavors.



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2 cups fat-free vegetable stock
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1 cup quick-cooking rice
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2 Tbs. olive oil, or more as needed
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1 large onion, chopped
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2 red bell peppers, seeded and cubed
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1 cup cubed celery
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5 oz. vegan bacon, diced
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9 oz. vegan meatballs


  1. Place stock in large saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add rice, reduce heat to low and cook according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat, and sauté onion, peppers and celery for 7 to 10 minutes, or until wilted, fragrant and slightly golden. Remove from skillet, and set aside. With oil remaining in skillet, cook bacon and meatballs, adding more oil as needed. Sauté 5 or 6 minutes, and remove from heat.
  3. When rice is cooked and all liquid absorbed, add vegetables, bacon, meatballs, Cajun seasoning, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper to rice, stirring until well combined. Continue to cook 5 minutes more, and serve.

Wine Suggestions
When looking for a wine to pair with this dish, think about why iced tea and lemonade go well. Their sweetness and absence of alcohol help tame the heat; meanwhile the tannic acid in the tea and the citric acid in the lemonade accent the nonspicy flavors. Your wine choice should do the same.

Nutrition Information: 

16 g
Total Fat: 
8 g
Saturated Fat: 
29 g
770 mg
4 g
4 g
Serves 6

Comments on this Recipe

This is great! I did not have meatballs so I just used veggie ground beef. So many possibilities with this dish!

I'm the only vegetarian in the family, so sometimes I cook for my parents and siblings. I just made this with veggie ground chicken. My family (5 of us) has big appetites so mom suggested I double the rice. I think it would have been nicer if I doubled everything, but I'd need bigger pans! ^_^ It was yumm. I over-spiced it for a couple of them, so they added ketchup and it was fine. It was perfectly spiced for the rest of us.

This is great!! Trader Joe's Meatless Meatballs are excellent for this. They are my favorite of all the pre-packaged "meat"balls. I keep some in the freezer for nights when I don't have time to make them from scratch.

Can this dish be made with out the vegan bacon and meatballs? Also will it taste alright without it?