My husband really loves beans, and lately he has had a craving for rice as well. It didn’t surprise me at all when he put a box of Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Red Beans And Rice in our shopping cart.
This food product was purchased at Walmart, and came in two different sizd boxes. The larger box, which we purchased, is the “family size”, and contains 50% more than the regular size does, and retailed for around $3.00.
Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Red Beans And Rice family size is a 12 ounce box, and the box says this food has been a “New Orleans Tradition Since 1889”.
Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Red Beans And Rice can be prepared in two ways, on the stove top or in the microwave, we always make our rice on the stove top. The directions are simple to follow, you simply put water, butter, and the Zatarain’s Red Beans and Rice mix into a saucepan, and bring it to a boil while stirring.
Like when cooking all rice, you then lower the heat to a simmer, and cover the pot, then let it cook for 25 minutes, or until most of the water has been absorbed into the rice and dehydrated red beans. After removing the pan from your heat, you need to let it sit for 5 minutes, which seems to be enough time for the meal to thicken up nicely.
If you make this in a microwave, it takes 23 minutes, so it really doesn’t save much time over using the stove top, and I think rice tastes better when it’s not cooked in a microwave.
The back of the box gives a recipe suggesting that you can add one pound of smoked sausage and sliced green onions to the mix, but we made it without the meat.
If you have ever enjoyed Popeye’s red beans and rice, the Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Red Beans And Rice reminded me a lot of their version. I told my husband that you would never know the red beans started out as dehydrated beans, they were full and soft and flavorful. The rice also didn’t taste like instant or parboiled rice, but that is indeed what the ingredients says.
One serving is equal to one cup prepared rice and beans, and contains only 190 calories. It has 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, and 0 grams of trans fat. There is also zero grams of cholesterol, but the sodium amounts are, in my opinion, a bit outrageous, with 1200 mg (or 50% of your daily value). The meal has 40 grams of carbs, 5 grams of fiber, less than 1 gram of sugar, and a generous 8 grams of protein.
The meal contains dehydrated onion and bell pepper, and I could actually taste them. The flavorings are garlic, natural smoke flavor, natural and artificial flavors, and spices. It’s not spicy hot, but is a perfect blend of New Orleans style red beans and rice. This was a delicious meal, and it did not taste like it came out of a box. The only problem we both had was that the beans did cause a fair amount of gas for both of us, so next time we will take some Beano before we indulge.
Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Red Beans And Rice is the best tasting prepared red beans and rice that I have ever eaten, and I would highly recommend this product.