Vegetarian Creole Rice
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Serves: 4 - 6
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup bell pepper, chopped - use multiple colors for great taste and visual appeal
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 -2 tablespoons cajun seasoning - I like Tony Chachere's
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Rinse the rice in a fine mesh sieve until the water run clear.
  3. Place 1½ cups of water and bay leaves in a saucepan.
  4. Bring the water to a boil and then add the rinsed rice and cajun seasoning and stir once - then don't stir any more!
  5. Once the water comes back to a boil, reduce the heat slightly and place the lid on the pan slightly ajar.
  6. Gently boil the rice for 12 minutes or until just al dente. Be sure and watch the rice to ensure that you don't boil out all of your water and burn your rice. A little extra water in the pan is just fine!
  7. If your pan is oven safe, place it in the 375ºF oven for 10 - 15 minutes to "dry" out the rice. If your pan is not oven safe pour the rice into a casserole dish before placing in oven.
  8. While your rice is in the oven, heat 1 teaspoon of oil and sauté the peppers, celery and onion until tender.
  9. Remove the rice from oven and add the sautéed vegetables.
  10. Add additional cajun seasoning if desired.
  11. Serve warm
Recipe by I Heart Kitchen at