Why Do Cajuns Eat Red Beans & Rice on Mondays?
If you’re a true Cajun, then you probably know that for years, Red Beans & Rice was the traditional dinner of Cajuns across southern Louisiana on Monday nights. Maybe your dear ole Granny still serves in on Mondays and you’ve never had a clue why. Why Monday? Why not Wednesday? Was Friday not good enough? Let us fill you in on a little bit of Cajun history on our beloved Cajun side:
Why is Monday Red Beans & Rice Day?
Women of old were very rhythmic with their weekly schedules. In the late 1800s and even early 1900s, their role was to keep house and cook. Typically, this meant Mondays were laundry day. Laundry was a time consuming task (can you imagine doing a week’s worth of laundry by hand without a washing machine?), leaving little room for cooking a huge dinner, so dinner needed to be easy, yet satisfying.
Enter the kidney bean.
Kidney beans arrived in southern Louisiana with Haitian refugees in the early 1800s and made a perfect Monday night meal because they were easy to slow cook for hours with little supervision. Traditionally, Cajun women would slow cook the beans with the “Cajun trinity” of onions, peppers, and celery, whatever meat was leftover from their Sunday meal the day before, and any other assorted Cajun spices they felt like throwing in. The beans were typically served over a bed of hot white rice, completing the perfect Cajun comfort food.
Today, if you want to get a taste of those delicious red beans & rice the way Granny makes ‘em, you need to look no further than Razzoo’s Cajun Café, with the best Cajun food in Texas! We serve ‘em up hot every day of the week – not just Mondays! (Imagine that?!) Come see us this week at the best Cajun restaurant in Texas!