Skillet Red Beans and Rice

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Enjoy all the comforts of home with a bowl of Skillet Red Beans and Rice. In our special recipe, juicy veggies and savory spices blend beautifully with brown rice. Ground turkey meatballs make a chewy and delicious accompaniment to the rice base.

This hearty Skillet Red Beans and Rice dish offers a host of textures and flavors. With a protein punch from beans and turkey and carbohydrates from brown rice, this meal ranks high on the satisfying scale. It packs a boatload of nutrients in every bite. Dish up this foolproof meal and we promise you’ll make your dinner guests smile!

Skillet Red Beans and Rice

Skillet Red Beans and Rice

Yields: 6 servings | Calories: 307 | Total Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 721mg | Carbohydrates: 43g | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Protein: 17g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 9 |


    Sausage Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup flour
    Other Ingredients
  • 1 cup (uncooked) 10-minute brown rice (we used Uncle Ben's)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans red beans
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper


  1. For sausages:
  2. In a medium bowl, mix ground turkey with all sausage ingredients (except flour). Mix well until blended. Form small meatballs, about 1-inch. Roll on a plate of flour, shaking off excess.
  3. Line meatballs on a plate and refrigerate while you cook the rice and beans.
  4. For rice and beans:
  5. In a medium saucepan cook brown rice according to instructions on the box. Once cooked turn off burner and leave covered until ready to serve.
  6. In a large skillet with olive oil, sauté sausages over medium heat until they are cooked through and golden brown. Move sausages to one side of saucepan. Place sausages on a paper towel lined plate. In the same skillet, sauté onions, and bell pepper until tender, or about 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 1 additional minute.
  7. Return sausages to the skillet, add red beans, vegetable broth, and bay leaves, toss to combine. Cook for about 5 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened. Season with remaining salt and pepper.
  8. Serve over cooked brown rice.
  9. Enjoy!

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