Trim Healthy Mama style Dirt-E Rice

Trim Healthy Mama Dirt-E Rice from thecoersfamily.com

My husband’s grandmother has a little Cajun in her family line. She makes some outstanding Cajun food and my husband has a taste for her flavorful, down-home comfort food. I’m always on the lookout for Cajun style dishes to feed my hubby. For several years we’ve loved this fantastic and easy Dirty Rice recipe from SouthernPlate.com. Since starting Trim Healthy Mama we’ve been missing some of our favorite Cajun dishes. This Dirt-E Rice recipe is Trim Healthy Mama friendly as an E (energizing) meal with brown rice, lean ground turkey and red beans. 

As I’m writing this recipe, I’m only one itty bitty pound away from having lost 50 pounds! I only have ten more pounds to go to my goal weight. My sweet husband has been in maintenance mode for a few weeks now. We just had some new family pictures done and the experience was lovely. For the first time in my whole life I feel comfortable and confident in my own body. I don’t have to cringe whenever there’s a camera around. We compared our family pictures from 2012 to this year’s pictures and the difference was pretty amazing.

before and after Trim Healthy Mama

Trim Healthy Mama has been absolutely life changing for us and we’re so happy to be feeling fit and slim. It’s so easy to make a few minor changes to all our favorite recipes, too!

Dirt-E Rice

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brown rice, cooked according to directions
  • 1.5-2 pounds very lean ground turkey
  • 1 15-ounce can red beans, drained
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1/2 small white onion
  • 4-5 celery stalks
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/8 cup dried parsely
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun Seasoning, we really like Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil

Ingredients for Trim Healthy Mama Dirt-E Rice from thecoersfamily.com

Cook brown rice according to directions: generally 2 cups brown rice with 1 tablespoon of salt and 4 cups water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low simmer, cover and allow to cook for 45 minutes undisturbed. About 20 minutes before your rice is done, prepare your veggies. I realize I have two bell peppers in our ingredients picture, and I didn’t include the garlic. I’ve got permanent mommy brain. You can’t have seven kids and keep all your wits. Something’s just gotta give, y’all. Besides, my son, David, thought it was cool to play with one of the bell peppers while I was cooking. 

making Trim Healthy Mama Dirt-E Rice

Dice up your Cajun Trinity: onion, bell pepper, and celery. You should end up with about a cup of bell pepper, a cup of celery and a half cup of the onion. Measurements don’t matter too much, and you can adjust them if your family prefers more or less of the three. 

making Trim Healthy Mama Dirt-E Rice

In a large pan, heat one tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil. Add minced garlic and allow veggies to cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, for about ten minutes. Then, move veggies to the outer perimeter of the pan and add ground turkey.

making Trim Healthy Mama style Dirt-E Rice

Cook until browned, then add seasonings and parsley. If you have family members who are sensitive to spice, you may scale back on the Creole seasoning. It can have a little bit of a kick. 

making Trim Healthy Mama style Dirt-E Rice

Stir to mix the seasonings and meat as well as the veggies, then add the beans. Gently mix to avoid mashing the beans.

making Trim Healthy Mama style Dirt-E Rice

If you need to keep an eye on your serving size you can serve this meat-bean-veggie mixture over your rice, or you can add all the rice to the pan and mix well, then serve up in one big tasty mess. 

Trim Healthy Mama Dirt-E Rice

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Trim Healthy Mama Dirt-E Rice
Delicious and healthy Cajun style Dirty Rice as an E meal on the Trim Healthy Mama plan made with brown rice, lean turkey, and red beans.
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups brown rice, cooked according to directions
  2. 1.5-2 pounds very lean ground turkey
  3. 1 15-ounce can red beans, drained
  4. 1 large bell pepper
  5. 1/2 small white onion
  6. 4-5 celery stalks
  7. 1-2 tablespoons minced garlic
  8. 1/8 cup dried parsely
  9. 2 teaspoons Cajun Seasoning, we really like Tony Chachere's Original Creole Seasoning
  10. 1 teaspoon ground sage
  11. 1 tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil
Instructions
  1. Cook brown rice according to directions: generally 2 cups brown rice with 1 tablespoon of salt and 4 cups water, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low simmer, cover and allow to cook for 45 minutes undisturbed. About 20 minutes before your rice is done, prepare your veggies.
  2. Dice up your Cajun Trinity: onion, bell pepper, and celery. You should end up with about a cup of bell pepper, a cup of celery and a half cup of the onion. Measurements don't matter too much, and you can adjust them if your family prefers more or less of the three.
  3. In a large pan, heat one tablespoon coconut oil or olive oil. Add minced garlic and allow veggies to cook over medium high heat, stirring occasionally, for about ten minutes. Then, move veggies to the outer perimeter of the pan and add ground turkey.
  4. Cook until browned, then add seasonings and parsley. If you have family members who are sensitive to spice, you may scale back on the Creole seasoning. It can have a little bit of a kick.
  5. Stir to mix the seasonings and meat as well as the veggies, then add the beans. Gently mix to avoid mashing the beans.
  6. If you need to keep an eye on your serving size you can serve this meat-bean-veggie mixture over your rice, or you can add all the rice to the pan and mix well, then serve up in one big tasty mess.
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25 thoughts on “Trim Healthy Mama style Dirt-E Rice

  1. Lori

    I cannot wait to try! I had a favorite rice box that I bought often to remind me of my missions trip to Haiti. I think the only thing I would change is pinto beans for the red beans. And love your updated family pic too…congratulations!

  2. Janice Dennis

    Love your recipes – can’t wait to try this one! You and your family look fantastic!

  3. Michelle Barrios

    Thanks, Amanda! We also are blessed with seven children-4 girls & 3 boys as well:) We live in Ohio, and are also enjoying weight loss with THM. Thanks so much for the recipes. Michelle

  4. Laura

    Hi. I can’t buy ground turkey where I live, only ground beef. (Turkey breast is also hard to find.) Would this be just as good with small pieces of chicken? Thanks.

    1. Amanda Coers

      I think it would be yummy with chicken breast. You coukd also cook ground beef and rinse it with very hot water, draining off the fat. Then add ot to the pan with your vegetables.

      1. Laura

        Thanks! I’ll let you know how it turns out. :)

        1. Laura

          It turned out well, thanks for the recipe! I cooked the rice in chicken stock, so I’m not sure if that pushed the meal to a “crossover”. I usually eat a low carb “s” meal in the evening, but I noticed a difference when I got up this morning. Usually I”m starving in the morning (after nursing at night), but this morning I felt great. I guess I need those carbs in the evening! :)

          1. Cynthia

            Good carbs can definitely be our friend when nursing!

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  6. Joy C.

    Looks yummy! When eating a meal like this, at the beginning of your journey (or even now!), did you measure out servings for yourself? Or just eat until full? Where there are clear “limits” on how much rice you should eat, I get a little confused when you add other E ingredients and how much qualifies as a meal. Make sense? Thanks for your help!

    1. Amanda Coers

      Honestly, i just eat until I’m full, and i dont measure serving sizes often. I had about two cups. It hasnt affected my weight loss to eat this way and I appreciate the freedom. I do understand that others may need to keep better track though.

      1. Joy C.

        Awesome! Thanks. =) I’m not one to be overly strict either…just not sure how it all worked out when you put multiple E things together (rice/beans). What do you personally eat with this main dish?

  7. Kerri Ralston Jackson

    Amanda,
    This was an AWESOME meal! My girls loved it. I know it was good if the scarf it down like they did. I mixed it all together rather than leaving the items separate. I will add it’s better the next day when it has had time for the flavors to blend! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Cyn Payne

    Is the recipe made with 2 cups cooked rice, or 2 cups before it’s cooked?

    1. Amanda Coers

      Two cups dry, before it’s cooked

  10. kyoodled

    Wow. I actually took this to a church committee potluck (because I forgot it was a potluck, and I had all the ingredients for this already in my house!). I was a little worried when I arrived. Everyone else had brought something really quite fancy, and I thought this was going to be kind of “plain jane” compared to theirs – but this was a hit! Even the pastor (who didn’t know who brought what) was raving about this dish. It’s very flavorful. I used brown jasmine rice – it’s a little more expensive, but our family really loves the lighter taste. Thank you!!!

    1. Amanda Coers

      That’s awesome! :)

  11. Mama T.

    Thank you so much! This has become a staple in our family. Everyone loves it, all the way down to the 10-month-old. It is easy, inexpensive, delicious, and doesn’t dirty a bunch of dishes. Last night I added some chopped kale when I added the beans, and it was great. I make my own Cajun seasoning using Emeril’s recipe and serve hot sauce at the table.

  12. Sarah Gradidge

    Just cooking this yummy sounding recipe, but how many does it feed? I’ve only just started THM and all this is just a bit new!

    1. Amanda Coers

      5-6 adults usually 😉

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    Hi Amanda, I have 94% turkey could i use that and still be safe for E or should i rinse it?


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