Copycat Recipe: Zatarain’s Caribbean Rice Mix

I’m so excited to introduce you all to my friend, teammate and now blog contributor here at Your Own Home Store. Her name is Lyndsay Micklus and we met through THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance). She is a fabulous consultant and I will have her bio up soon so you can all learn a bit more about her. Her specialty here at Your Own Home Store is going to be a fun one! She will be creating “copy-cat” recipes using THRIVE foods! Yep! She will take favorite restaurant (or even boxed) meals and help you make them at home. They will be easier and healthier and quicker! Fun, huh? I think this is a fabulous idea! Here is your first:

Hi Lyndsay here – I’m a relatively new THRIVE Life (formerly Shelf Reliance) consultant that loves to cook and play in the kitchen with my new THRIVE food storage. I like to make healthier, less expensive versions of my favorite restaurant or pre-packaged food.

This month, I made a healthier copycat recipe of Zatarain’s Caribbean Rice mix. I find that a lot of the boxed rice mixes we love have loads of sodium and usually monosodium glutamate (MSG) which we try to avoid. I also like cooking with whole grains so brown rice is a good substitute for the white rice that is usually in box mixes.

For this recipe, I use brown rice and add red beans. My THRIVE peppers, onions and carrots are a fast and easy way to add nice color and flavor. (No chopping involved!) Turmeric, cayenne and mustard give it some spice and the coconut and pineapple add a hint of sweet! This dish is packed with fiber and protein and is great as a side dish or vegetarian main meal. I like to serve it with grilled chicken and steamed veggies for a tasty summer meal!

Caribbean Rice & Beans

What you need:

What to do:

  • In a medium saucepan, bring the water, butter and chicken bouillon to a boil.
  • Stir in brown rice and beans and return to a boil.
  • Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in peppers, onions, carrots, turmeric, dry mustard, cayenne pepper and pineapple .
  • Simmer another 20 mins or until rice and beans are tender and water has evaporated.
  • Stir in sweetened coconut and remove from heat. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Let stand 5 minutes and serve hot.


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  1. Amanda says:

    I love this box mix – usually, I make the mix and then stir in tomatoes, cooked asparagus and cooked shrimp! Delicious!

  2. Brigette Dennis says:

    This sounds wonderful, Lyndsay. I can’t wait to try it.

  3. Andrea says:

    Wow! I love this boxed meal but it is a very occasional indulgence because of its lack of nutritional value. I will have to try this, perhaps with some FD diced chicken in it also.