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Cajun seasoning

Spicy Cajun Rice

Spicy Cajun Rice

Serve this dish with steamed greens and roasted or stewed tomatoes, and you’ve got a full-on Southern-style meal. Frozen peppers and onions are used as a time-saving way to season the dish, but you could also use fresh chopped onion and bell pepper.

Summer Gumbo

Rather than use meat substitutes, we turned to pecans to give this gumbo its “meaty” heft and a hit of protein. As they cook, the pecans become tender and chewy while lending the sauce a hint of nutty flavor. Feel free to spice things up with extra Cajun seasoning and hot sauce.

Black-eyed Pea and Stewed Tomato Salad

Black-Eyed Pea and Stewed Tomato Salad

Black-eyed peas and stewed tomatoes are a Southern good-luck combo served on New Year’s Day. Here, the juices from a can of prepared stewed tomatoes sweeten and flavor the dressing.

Smothered Cajun-spiced Squash

Smothered Cajun-Spiced Squash

Here, we've sprinkled roasted butter-nut squash with Cajun seasoning, then smothered it in a gravy made with what New Orleans chefs call the holy trinity: a combination of onions, celery, and green bell peppers. Serve with rice or grits.

Mexican Polenta

Mexican Polenta

This recipe is a spin on tacos—but much heartier and easier to serve. You can make your own Mexican seasoning by combining 1/2 tsp. chili powder, 1/4 tsp. cumin, 1/4 tsp. paprika, 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Prepare the mix in larger batches, and keep in an airtight container, ready to go.