Sausage, Rice & Beans

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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.

 Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Optional – soak rice & beans the night before in water with a Tbs. of acid (vinegar, whey, lemon juice, etc.) to break down some indigestibles.
  2. 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.
  3. Add tomatoes (and juices), corn, pepper & seasoning.
  4. Add sliced sausages and let cook until rice and beans are tender.  Stir occasionally.

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