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Bayou Dirty Rice

A delicious, real food take on a popular cajun dish. This is healthy cajun cuisine your whole family will enjoy.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 981kcal

Equipment

  • sharp chopping knife
  • bowls (2)
  • large pot
  • strainer
  • large spoon

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white rice (yes, it’s okay! Or substitute your choice of whole grain rice or sprouted rice - buy some here or make your own)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (substitute water if needed)
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil, lard, or tallow (here to buy pastured lardhow to render lard)
  • 1 lb ground pork (unseasoned)
  • 1 cup chicken livers (diced into small pieces)
  • 3 - 5 slices raw bacon (chopped)
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • ½ cup celery (chopped)
  • ½ cup green bell pepper
  • 2 green onion stalks (chopped)
  • cajun seasoning (to taste)
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • 4 tbsp whey, lemon juice, or apple cider vinegar (if using un-soaked rice)

Easy Cajun Seasoning

Instructions

The Night Before

  • Place chicken livers in a bowl, cover with filtered water and add lemon juice, whey or apple cider vinegar and place in the fridge.
  • If using unsprouted rice, place 2 cups of rice and 4 cups of warm filtered water in a bowl and add 4 tablespoons of one of the following: whey, yogurt, kefir, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for at least 7 hours.

Day of Meal

  • To prepare the rice, choose from the three options below.

Prepare the Rice:

  • Option 1: For white or sprouted rice, simply prepare it according to the instructions on the package with chicken broth instead of water.
  • Option 2: For rice that has been soaked overnight, it’s time to change out some of that water for homemade chicken broth. Because the rice has absorbed some of the water it’s not an even exchange to pour the water out and add 4 cups of broth back in. Measure what you pour out and add back in only that amount. I usually do 2 cups. It adds a lot to the depth of flavor in the dish.
  • Option 3: OR – to reduce naturally occurring arsenic (a substance which is in lots of foods including vegetables, fruit and chicken), try the pasta-style cooking method.
  • Drain liquid from chicken livers and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil/lard/tallow in a large pan over low/medium heat. Add bacon and sautee until slightly crispy.
  • Add the remaining oil and onion (but not green onions), celery and bell peppers. Continue to sautee until the onions are beginning to soften.
  • Add diced chicken livers and sautee until they begin to brown, then add the pork and spices and continue to sautee until the sausage is cooked through.
  • Remove from heat and add in rice, allowing flavors to meld as it cools.
  • Garnish with green onions.

Nutrition

Calories: 981kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 54g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 822mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2706IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 5mg