One-Pan Cajun Black Beans & Rice - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

in #photography3 years ago


There’s something so cozy and comforting about simple one-pan dishes like this. When I was growing up my Mom would make so many different meals that we loved, but it wasn’t quite as often that Dad would make dinner. When he did do the cooking thought, he would often cook simple dishes like this with beans and rice. Now I’m pretty sure those were the kind from a box mix, but we still loved when he’d make them.


We all know that beans and rice are an age-old staple in almost, if not, every culture. I think that’s my favorite thing about trying different versions and flavors. It’s always surprising to me how simply changing up the herbs and spices used in the dish can completely change the taste. I mean, duh, that’s obvious. It’s just, we seem to forget that simple meals don’t have to be boring.


It’s not just about the great flavors, but it’s also very simple to make at home AND beans and rice are basically the cheapest grocery items you can buy so it’s a win win situation.

Cajun style cooking is full of traditions and spices. There are three veggies that are referred to as “the holy trinity” in Louisiana Creole cuisines and those are celery, onion, and bell peppers. After that there are a handful of non-negotiable herbs they use, like, bay leaves, basil, and oregano. Another big part of Cajun food is the heat, and yes, they really enjoy they’re spices. Now, I’m not a huge fan of spicy food myself, and neither are some of my family members. That’s why I really like to make this dish mild and leave the option open for individually adding more heat.


Also, I personally love to add in a ton more veggies to this or eat them on the side. Otherwise this is great served as a side item as well. For the rice I used a mixture of grains that I love from Trader Joe’s called brown rice medley but if you prefer you can just use all brown rice. This recipe makes quite a few servings so it’s perfect for making at the beginning of the week and having ready for later. It also freezes very well and is gluten free and vegan.


One-Pan Cajun Black Beans & Rice

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yield: 8 - 10 servings

Turn some basic beans and rice into a delicious and comforting meal that's easy, fast, and packed with flavor.


1 (16 ounce) bag Trader Joe's brown rice medley or brown rice
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, finely minced
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small green and 1 small red bell pepper,(seeds and stem removed) diced
3 large stalks celery, finely chopped
1 small bunch radishes, finely chopped with stems removed
1 (15 ounce) can cooked black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15 ounce) can cooked red beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon salt sea salt, plus more to taste
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional if you like it hot)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
1 handful fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
2 teaspoons dried thyme
4 bay leaves


Add 1 teaspoon oil to a large skillet with lid and place over medium high heat. Add garlic, jalapeño, onion, bell peppers, celery, and radishes to pan and cook for 4-5 minutes until celery and radishes are slightly softened.
Reduce heat to medium low and add 3 cups water, brown rice, beans, and seasonings to pan and cover. Stir occasionally and cook covered for 20 to 25 minutes until liquid is absorbed. Remove the bay leaves and season to taste with additional salt.


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Looks to me like it would be good with some lime and Valentina hot sauce! But then again I will put lime and hot sauce on almost anything.

Thanks for sharing!

Wow beautiful..this looks really delicious
Nice recipe
Thanks for sharing..

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Wonderful food photo shoot!

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Yes! Gotta love one pan and cheap! I grew up enjoying the boxed rice and beans dinners as well ;)

Currently in Venezuela is the most consumed rice and grains, thank you for sharing that succulent recipe.

Is this food is advisable to a diabetic patient?

@mshadn I can't say for sure as I'm not schooled in medicine but I can't imagine this meal not being healthy for everyone.

Just like the sticky rice in my hometown, it's really delicious

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I love learning new recipes, it looks really good, thanks for the recipe @gringalicious!!

mmm I can't do cajun spices, lol but I love black beans and rice! :)

Well, that looks pretty dam excellent! There's a heck of a lot more in this than i originally anticipated too lol.

Love the artsy-fartsy photographs too ;)

one of these days I am going to have you cook for me.
Your food always looks so delicious.

Awesome recipe with beautiful photography. I appreciate you. Thanks @gringalicious

Yummmyyyy ! Thanks for this cooking moment. 😋😋

Looks Great!... Awesome recipe and photos. I love the colors on the withe plate and I can imagine the powerful and hot flavor... Congrats!

Amazing photos and the food in them look equally as good - I do like brown rice!

Looks yummy! How spicy is it?

@oleg326756 It's very mild if you skip the cayenne. I hope you try it. 😀

I might! But I definitely won’t be skipping the cayenne, haha! The hotter the better – that’s my motto. Turn up the spice all the way to 11! :D

Wooooow... Your posts are always wonderful.
Great job!!!

i love black beans! mum use them for chicken soup she makes at home

Can't go wrong with a little one pan cooking! Less cleaning up, that's for sure.

Another great Gringa post! as always.

By the way I just arrived in Prague! Hope you and your family are well :)

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Love your photography - really helps communicate your vision for the meal and goes way beyond just taking a photo of your recipe. Fantastic and informative post with a creative flair!

@gringalicious I try a new recipe I’ll search for it online find so different recipes

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Se ve realmente saludable y con ese toque del hogareño que todos amamos :)