Cocoa Red Beans & Rice
2 cdry red beans
1/2 lbsmoked ham, cut into bite size pieces
3 Tbsporganic cocoa powder
2 Tbspdry parsley
1 Tbspitalian seasoning
2 Tbspchili powder
1 tspcayenne pepper
1 1/2 cbrown rice, raw
How to Make Cocoa Red Beans & Rice
- You can either soak the beans overnight and cook for 3 hours, or you can begin in the morning, bring beans salt and ham to a rolling boil, then reduce heat and simmer about 6 hours.
- Add spices, cocoa, and rice. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for another 30-40 minutes to cook the rice. So easy and all done!
- A Note about Gluten and Casein Free Ingredients: Since my family began this diet, we have discovered that you always have to read the labels on the foods you buy. This week when shopping I may buy something that is clearly gfcf and next week when I look for the same item I will notice they have changed the ingredient list adding dry milk, or maltodextrin, or some other questionable ingredient. I find that it's best to stick to unprocessed foods whenever possible- make it from scratch. My son is on the autism spectrum, its not the end of the world if he gets a little gluten or casein, while it may ruin his day, it isn't life threatening. I always watch him for symptoms and note the offending food. Please keep this in mind while selecting your ingredients for my GFCF recipes. Happy Careful Shopping! :)