Friday, July 15, 2011

Voodoo Annie's Rice and Beans

So, it seems as our kid free portion of the summer is coming to a close. The girls will be home very soon. I'll miss our lazy afternoons of complete quiet, our daily "date nights" and lunches at neighborhood dining, and the break from the sounds of iCarly and Spongebob was wonderful. But I'm excited to see our girls again and can't wait to hear all about the first part of their wonderful summer.

For one of our last days together, Scott decided he'd rather just have lunch at home. So, I whipped up Voodoo Annie's Rice and Beans.

1 ring Smoked turkey sausage, sliced into 1" pieces on a bias
1 package Jambalaya flavored rice mix
1/2 cup brown rice, uncooked (not quick cooking rice)
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1 can light red kidney beans
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilis

In a skillet, brown sausage. The turkey sausage makes this dish less fat and it still has a great taste. You can easily substitute beef or pork smoked sausage.

Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a large dutch oven. Add Jambalaya rice mix and brown rice, allow to boil for 2 minutes, then add onion. Stir occasionally to make sure the rice doesn't stick. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.

Add beans and tomatoes and 1/2 of the cooked sausage.
Allow to cook until rice is tender another 10 minutes or so.

Serve topped with additional sausages.

It's a really colorful and spicy dish that's
so easy and cooks in about 25 minutes.

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