Laissez les bons temps rouler! Or, let the good times roll, in case you don't speak French (like me). Tomorrow is Mardi Gras, it's time to eat until you can't eat no more! No worries, our vegan Creole fried rice is pretty healthy, so go ahead, indulge!
Mardi Gras is tomorrow, also known as Fat Tuesday. In New Orleans, people will be feasting on Creole and Cajun foods, so I thought it only appropriate to make something quick, easy, and Creole for Kick Start Monday.
This vegan Creole fried rice will get you in and out of the kitchen faster than you can say BAM! Get it, Emeril Lagasse is famous for the “BAM” phrase? Lame? Okay, carry on.
Now clearly, vegans are not going to be chowing down on seafood, chicken, or meat, which is a big part of Creole food, but that doesn’t mean that we have to sit out on this spicy and awesome day of eating. Au contraire mon frère, you can eat well, very well as a matter of fact, because the true beauty of Creole food is in the spices, and the last time I checked, cayenne and paprika were vegan.
This vegan Creole stir fry is as easy as it gets, and it’s as tasty as it is pretty. Seriously, look at this colorful dish, it looks like a party!
Start with a fragrant jasmine rice and some vegetable broth. That alone makes me happy. While you steam the rice, chop up a white onion, a few stalks of celery, and a bell pepper (I used a half of an orange and half of a red for color). Then, get the okra, red beans, garlic, and Creole spices ready to roll. Heat up a large skillet, add some avocado oil and start cooking those veggies and beans.
The aroma of the onions, celery, garlic, and spices will put a smile on your face. Together, they smell like a party. Once the rice is cooked, add it to the vegetable mix and fold it in until it’s coated with the spices and sizzling. That’s it, dinner is served. See, I told you this was easy.
Think about it, in this one pan dinner you have a starch, vegetables, and protein. If you feel like you need a green leafy vegetable then add some spinach or kale to the pan, or make a big fresh salad to go with it. Both work! In fact, you could add greens to the dish and make a side salad. Now that’s what I call healthy y’all!
If I can give you one helpful tip when you’re making this delicious vegan Creole fried rice, it’s this; start with ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper, then add more if desired. I love hot food, so this recipe calls for a ½ teaspoon of cayenne, which leaves a kick. Start small and go big, but don’t start big, cuz you won’t be able to go small. 😉
Happy Mardi Gras!
Vegan Creole Fried Rice
- 1 tablespoon of avocado oil
- 1 cup Jasmine rice 1 and 1/2 cups of vegetable broth
- 2 stalks of celery – diced
- 1 white onion – chopped
- 1 red or yellow bell pepper – seeded and diced for more color use 1/2 of a red and 1/2 of a yellow pepper
- 3 cups of frozen sliced okra
- 3 cloves of garlic - minced
- 1 15 ounce can of red beans – drained and rinsed well
- 1 teaspoon of paprika
- 1 teaspoon of crushed dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon of crushed dried oregano
- 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper start with 1/4 and add more if desired
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- In a medium sauce pan bring the rice and vegetable broth to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to simmer. Cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and keep covered for 10 minutes.
- Heat the oil on medium high heat in a large skillet. When the oil is hot add the onions and celery and cook until the onion begins to look translucent. Add the bell pepper, okra, beans, and spices and cook for 15 minutes. Add the garlic and rice and stir well to coat the rice with the spices.
- A spicy, vegan Creole fried rice that will satisfy everyone at the table.
Try our vegan gumbo, another fabulous Mardi Gras entree!