Organic foodies often want to provide tasty, nutritious meals for family and friends without spending hours in the kitchen—especially on weeknights, when you’re bone-tired from a full day at work.
 
Stocking your pantry with a variety of organic food staples will allow you to create healthful meals in 30 minutes or less, without sacrificing great taste and eye-appealing presentation. A positive eating experience should include freshness, good taste and natural quality.
 
The following recipe features easy-to-follow directions and includes a rice mixture from Seeds of Change, a company committed to producing the finest organic foods.
 
Spicy Bean Stew
Makes 4 servings
 
1 package Seeds of Change Cajun Style Rice & Red Beans
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup green bell pepper (1-inch dice)
1/4 cup celery (1/8-inch dice)
8 ounces soy chorizo (your favorite brand)

  1. Prepare rice and red beans to package directions.
  2. Heat olive oil in medium-sized sauté pan over medium heat. Add green pepper and celery; sauté for 3 minutes or until soft.
  3. Add soy chorizo to bell pepper and celery. Reduce heat and cook 6 minutes or until liquid has evaporated.
  4. When rice and red beans are finished cooking, add bell pepper, celery and soy chorizo. Stir to blend.

Special Twist. Garnish with chopped green onions.

Ingredient Substitutions. Instead of soy chorizo, try using meatless pepperoni, found at your local natural and organic food store.

Neat Repeats. Heat any leftovers by adding cold soy milk to cold rice. Use 1 tablespoon soy milk for every cup of rice. Stir in cold soy milk and heat in microwave for 40 to 50 seconds. Stir again after reheating in microwave.
 
Recipe and photo courtesy of Seeds of Change