Recipe: Easy Cajun Rice and “Sausage” — Omni Food Veganized!

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I wonder if advertising companies know how often their work backfires when it comes to vegans.

Take me, for example.  When I see omni food in an ad, especially processed food, and think it looks like it might taste good, my immediate reaction isn’t to think, “Gee, I should buy some of that (or would if it was vegan).”  Instead, I’m the one who goes, “Oooh, I need to cook/bake that, and make it vegan!”

That’s how this recipe came about.  A few weeks ago, I was flipping through the coupon inserts in the local Sunday paper and came upon a coupon for a certain brand of sausage that happened to be accompanied by a simplified jambalaya recipe.  It sounded so good that my brain automatically replaced the sausage with vegan sausage and started playing around with the ingredients, incorporating ideas from other Cajun-style dishes that I’ve made in the past.

cajun rice and vegan sausage

The result?  A tasty, spicy dish that practically cooks itself.  Serve with bread or cornbread (like the plain Bayou cornbread from Everyday Happy Herbivore!) and a salad for a filling meal with a Cajun kick.  And say “ptthbbhtbbhtbh” to those omni advertisers and their sausage.

Easy Cajun Rice and "Sausage"
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Recipe type: dinner
Cuisine: Cajun
Serves: 2
  • ½ cup diced yellow onion
  • ½ cup diced green bell pepper
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 14.5oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • ¾ c uncooked long-grain brown rice
  • water or vegetable broth
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 vegan sausages, sliced
  • minced fresh parsley, optional
  1. Drain the diced tomatoes into a measuring cup, getting as much of the juice as you can. Add water or vegetable broth to make 1½ cups. Set aside.
  2. Place the onion, pepper, celery and garlic in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cover and cook until soft, stirring occasionally, 5-7 minutes. Add splashes of water to the pan if the veggies start sticking.
  3. Add the Cajun seasoning and rice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in the tomates and juice/broth mixture and add pepper to taste. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes, until the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.
  4. Meanwhile, cook the sausage links in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat until browned. Set aside.
  5. When the rice mixture is done, stir in the sausage. Cover and cook for 5 minutes more to blend the flavors. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve garnished with parsley, if desired.

cajun rice and vegan sausage meal' About The Author

Sam has been a vegan since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of vegan food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals as well as Toastmasters International and currently serves as Vice President Membership of the Capital View Toastmasters club. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read, play silly card games and knit socks.

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