Ever wonder what to do with leftover pork chops, pork roast or chicken breasts? It seems that the mashed potatoes and other veggies often disappear first and a poor pork chop or two is left all alone. I am sure our dog wouldn’t mind helping out with this dilemma, but as much as I appreciate her after dinner clean up service, I am not about to let her have a whole pork chop. Seriously, they are expensive.
So to use the leftovers, I make dirty rice. You can also cook fresh porkchops or boneless chicken breast/thighs for this recipe. If you are cooking fresh meat dice it before you cook it and do not not add any other ingredients until it is fully cooked. For those who have a few pieces of precooked meat, shred it either with your fingers or two forks before throwing it into a large skillet with a tablespoon of coconut oil. As your meat cooks or warms, prepare your rice as the package states. Usually if you follow the guidelines for 2 servings, you will have plenty for this recipe. But if you have a few teenagers to feed, use the 4 servings recommendation and add a bit more seasoning. Your wallet will thank you. Our family prefers wild rice as it offers more texture and flavor than brown or white rice, but it takes more time to steam.
Now to dice all the vegetables. Once the meat is cooked or warm. Toss the vegetables in the skillet. Cover and stir every few minutes so it does not stick to the bottom. You can add a tablespoon of water if it continues to stick. Once the vegetables are steamed, (Hint: The green beans turn a more vibrant green and the onions are soft.) Add cooked rice and one of these seasonings to your dish. Don’t add both unless you wish to suffer from sodium overload. Now take a bite of that Cajun goodness!
Easy Cajun Dirty Rice
A tasty dish, packed with veggies and southern flavor.
- 2-3 cooked pork chops or Cooked boneless chicken breasts/thighs
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 large vine ripened tomato (diced)
- 3 cloves garlic (minced) or a tablespoon of pre-minced)
- 1/2 white onion (diced)
- 1/2 large red or orange bell pepper (diced)
- 1 lb of frozen cut green beans
- 2 cups cooked wild rice
- 2 tbsp. Louisiana Cajun Seasoning (more is optional)
- Cook or warm pork chops in large skillet with coconut oil.
- Prepare rice in sauce pan.
- Dice tomato, onion, garlic, and bell pepper. Add to meat.
- Add frozen green beans and cover to steam. Stir occasionally
- Once vegetables are cooked, add cooked rice and seasonings.
- Stir and simmer for 5 min. Then ENJOY!
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