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Cajun Rice & Beans with Okra

This is a great dish for Lent that you can serve with bruchetta and a green salad. You an also serve it with a roast pork, lamb or grilled meat for a non-vegetarian meal.

SAUTE in olive oil— one sliced small onion or two large shallots, two diced tomatillos and 1 tsp mustard seeds

CUT the stem ends off of 18-20 large okra and add to onion and tomatillo mixture

COOK until okra is tender

ADD to above— one 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes ( fire-roasted if you have them) one 20 0z. can of kidney beans, four cups of cooked rice ( brown rice gives it more texture), 2 tsp chili powder. 1/2 tsp ground pepper, salt to taste, 1/4 cup of barbeque sauce

STIR and heat until all of the flavors and ingredients are melded together

Serves four