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”
Recipe Type: dinner
Cuisine: Cajun
Author: Sam
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Serves: 2
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 14.5oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
  • 3/4 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 1 1/2 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 eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based 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 former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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