Instapot Red Beans and Rice
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Instapot Red Beans and Rice

Red beans and rice is a definitive dish from New Orleans, and is traditionally eaten in the Big Easy on Mondays. The legend goes that Mondays were usually reserved as a laundry day in New Orleans, and in the era before washing machines, this was a labor-intensive process. Laundry took a tremendous amount of time to complete, but doing laundry didn’t mean you could neglect dinner. Frugal, time-prudent cooks would take the hambone from their Sunday dinners and put it to simmer in a pot of water with red beans, peppers, onions, celery, and some spices. This dish could cook all day with little tending and result in a relatively hassle-free, hearty dinner. And thus, the tradition was born.
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