- 4 Sausages, cut into 1 inch pieces (we used Costco’s Apple/Gouda Chicken Sausages)
- 2 Large potatoes, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 Medium onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 can of chicken broth/stock
- 1 large can of diced tomatoes in their juices
- 1/4 cup red lentils (optional, we had some…I threw them in to see what happened)
- 1-2 Tbs. butter
- 2 pressed cloves of garlic
- A few sprinkles of red pepper flakes
- A few sprinkles of salt & white pepper
- 1 bay leaf (pulled out before serving)
- 2 sprigs of fresh oregano (on the stem, pulled out before serving – use a tsp of dry otherwise)
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme (on the stem, pulled out before serving – use 1/2 tsp of dry otherwise)
Also, I would’ve loved to put some carrots or turnips in here, but alas, we had none. I think the carrots in particular would enhance the flavor.
- Throw it all in the crock pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
While I enjoyed this out of the pot, I couldn’t get enough of it on the second day when I took it for lunch. By the time I thought about taking a picture I was slurping down the last few drops of golden buttery broth. I will try to remember next time.
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.