This is a cheap and easy, but not fast, dinner (45-60 minutes of cook time). I enjoy making dinners like this because I only use one dish, can catch up on some TV shows, and have leftovers for lunch the next day. I like to complete each step during a commercial break; its really a hands-off dinner. Depending on the ingredients you use (generics/homegrown vs. organic) it can cost between $0.84 and $3.29 per serving for 6 large servings.
- 4 cups stock (any flavor or water)
- 2 cups brown rice
- 1 cups dried azuki beans (any bean is fine, but these cook around the same rate as rice, making it easier)
- 7 sausages, cut to 1 in pieces (adjust number for your audience – we used a pack of andouille chicken sausage from costco)
- 1 large can diced tomatoes (I use a quart of home canned)
- 1 can corn (I use a pint of home canned)
- 1 diced pepper (any pepper is fine, we used a Serrano with the seeds removed)
- 1/4 cup of taco seasoning
- Optional – soak rice & beans the night before in water with a Tbs. of acid (vinegar, whey, lemon juice, etc.) to break down some indigestibles.
- Bring stock or liquid to a boil in a large pan. Add rice and beans and bring to a boil again before reducing the heat to a simmer for 15-20 minutes.
- Add tomatoes (and juices), corn, pepper & seasoning.
- Add sliced sausages and let cook until rice and beans are tender. Stir occasionally.