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Dirty Rice: Can you keto up dirty rice?

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Dirty Rice

Feeds 4-6


    • 2 tbsp bacon grease
    • 1 small/medium onion (chopped)
    • 1/2 cup celery
    • 1/2 cup green onions
    • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
    • 1/2 cup parsley
    • 1/2 cup garlic (minced)
    • 1.5 cups white rice
    • 3 cups chicken broth
    • 1/2 pound chicken liver (or beef liver) chopped
    • 1/2 pound ground pork (or beef)
    • 1/2 pound Country Boy andouille sausage See Note 1
    • Dan Pastorini Garlic and Herb
    • Gumbo Daddy Cajun Seasoning
    • Jacobsen Chili Salt
    • Freshly chopped Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme.


    1. Put bacon grease into large pot and heat
    2. Brown chicken livers (or beef liver).
    3. As you are browning add ground pork (or beef) and andouille sausage.
    4. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes. You can drain the meat of grease at this point if you like, but Nonna never does!
    5. Add green onions, celery, bell pepper, parsley and mix.
    6. Add seasonings (Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun seasonings, Jacobsen Chili Salt, DP’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings). See Note 1
    7. Add white rice and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Basically, let the rice absorb the meat juices some.
    8. Add 3 cups chicken broth and bring to a boil.
    9. Once boiling reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Check at 25 minutes and every 5-10 minutes after that. Nonna’s declared her dirty rice ready at 30 minutes. Make sure the broth is absorbed by the rice and that rice is tender.


    1. Follow steps 1-6 above. Remember you won’t need as much seasonings as you do for regular white rice. Also, make sure the meat is mostly cooked before adding cauliflower as you won’t cook everything as long using the cauliflower.
    2. Before or while meat is browning, run through 1-2 cauliflower heads through a food processor to finely chop it. You could also just grate it with a cheese grater.
    3. Upon completion of step 6 above, add cauliflower to the pot.
    4. Stir almost continually for 10 minutes or so over a medium heat. Taste the cauliflower. If it is a texture you like, call it done! In other words sauté until “It is done.”

    Note 1: Nonna used beef liver instead of chicken liver because the grocery store was out of chicken livers. Rumor has it that it is the liver that makes the rice dirty. All I know for sure is Dirty Rice was one of my favorite meals growing up!

    Note 2: As always Nonna used her favorite cajun spices. As she said, however, you can swap the seasonings up some. Hot sauce, Tony Chachere’s, salt and pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika, cumin, or any cajun spice mix from your local spice shop!

    Note 3: If you are making the keto version, you may want to use 2 cauliflower heads. As Nonna note, her mix could have used a little less meat and a little more cauliflower. Also, remember the cauliflower version doesn’t need as much spicing!

Red Lentil Soup: Let’s see how we did!

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Lentil Soup

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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    • Olive Oil
    • 1 medium chopped onion
    • 2 diced garlic cloves (1/4 cup)
    • 1 package Andouille Sausage
    • 1 pound chopped Ham
    • 2 packages Lentil Beans (See Note1)
    • 1 can Rotel Diced Tomatoes
    • 8 cups Water (See Note 2)
    • Gumbo Daddy’s Cajun Seasonings
    • Dan Pastorini’s Garlic and Herb Seasonings
    • Jacobsen Chili Salt
    • Special Shit Seasonings (yes, that is the correct spice name)


    1. Put olive oil in the bottom of a large pot. Heat.
    2. Sauteé onion, garlic, andouille sausage, and ham.
    3. Add Spices. As the soup cooks, you can taste test and add spices to get it just the way you like it. (See Note 3)
    4. Add rotel diced tomatoes.
    5. Add 8 cups water. Stir. If the soup seems thick to you add a little more water. (See Note 2)
    6. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer 15 minutes.
    7. Taste test and add more seasonings as you see fit.

Note 1: If this is too much soup for you, simply use one lentil bean package. Use half the measurements Nonna used for the rest of the ingredients.

Note 2: Nonna used 8ish cups of water. However, if you read the package it will likely specify the amount of water needed. If you add the extra ingredients like Nonna did you’ll need more water. If you add too much water, just let the soup simmer longer. If you find the soup too thick, simply add more water.

Note 3: You could add carrots or celery as you desire. As always you can substitute Nonna’s favorite spices for your own and taste testing as you go is important to this recipe!

Red Beans & Rice

Episode 1: APPLIANCE WARS (R2D2 (Instant pot) vs Cooking Pot)
Nonna made Red Beans & Rice in both the instant pot (AKA R2D2) and via the open burner in a traditional cooking pot. Watch the video to see the results! Nonna, as always, used her favorite spices and leftovers from previous cooking endeavors. Specially, she saved the ham bone from Easter Dinner and used that to add flavor to this meal.

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Cajun Style Crawfish Boil

From behind the scenes, Nono helps Nonna boil cajun style crawfish. Using spicy crawfish boil, zesty Italian dressing, andouille sausage, red potatoes, onions, garlic, and a whole lot of lemons, Nono and Nonna teach you how to host an authentic cajun style crawfish boil!

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Crawfish boiler and pot, Zatarain’s Crab boil, Louisiana Crab boil, Coleman ice chest, Aluminum Pans, Paper plates, Paper towels, Garbage bags, Wooden Spoons.

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