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Southern Okra Bean Stew

A combination of hearty whole grains, creamy beans and tasty veggies make a satisfying and delicious stew.
Bowl of okra, rice and bean soup with tomato-based broth.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Makes: 14 cups
Nutrition Facts: View label

Ingredients

4 cups water
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced or ¾ teaspoons of garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 cup quick brown rice, uncooked
1 can (14.5 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
3 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
1 package (16 ounces) frozen, sliced okra
¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper 

Directions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Rinse or scrub fresh vegetables under running water before preparing.
  3. In a large pot, combine the water, diced tomatoes, onion, garlic and seasonings.
  4. Bring to a boil and reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
  5. Add rice, beans, tomato sauce and okra. Simmer uncovered for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  6. Add liquid as needed for the thickness you want. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

Notes

  • Substitute 2 cups cooked rice for the quick rice and reduce water by 1 cup.
  • Cook your own dry beans. One can (15 ounces) is about 1 ½ to 1 ¾ cups drained beans.

Comments

The chili powder gave the stew a little snap that I really appreciated (I added extra to really give it some zing)!

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