Poor man’s red beans and rice
My sons… You drive me crazy when you call at 4pm to ask how to fix a roast for dinner at 6pm!
Tonight we had red beans and rice for dinner. A dish the Boyz enjoy. A 100% non-traditional version. Simple. Fast. Filling. Cheap. All things great for folks on a budget! Bare with me- most the recipes I post here are also for the kiddo-s benefit and read like a children’s book. (They both live on their own and call… How do ya??? )
*Double everything if you’re feeding the roommates too!*
1 link sausage 2 teaspoons oil (whatever’s on hand – yes- butter is an oil) 1 can red beans (drained and rinsed)**AKA Kidney Beans** 1 medium onion (diced) 1 can diced tomatoes (or a few fresh diced) some diced green pepper (about a 1/2 a one) 1 or 2 cloves garlic -minced 2+ cups water 1+ cup rice 2 chicken bullion cubes (if you have them or stock- fine- if you don’t, that’s fine too. *seasoning- a tablespoon or so of Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning – but use whatever you have… Chili seasoning, taco spice.. whatever. If you want it spicy.. lay it on!
Slice sausage into bite size pieces and fry in oil. Toss in onions, garlic and peppers and sauté. Pour in water and add bullion cubes or a little chix stock if you have it. Add tomatoes, beans and seasoning and bring to a boil. Add rice. Turn down and simmer about 10 minutes or so (assuming you’re using minute rice) … serve with sour cream and fresh diced tomatoes if you like.
Viola! Poor mans Red Beans and Rice….
Some notes : *you can mince garlic without a garlic press! simply use the side of your knife to flatten the clove and then dice really small. *red beans (kidneys) are in the canned veggie isle right next to the Great Northerns. *onion is relative- red, yellow, white-I just use whichever one I have on hand. -white= hot, yellow=medium, red=mild (usually) *we usually add whatever we want.. like mushrooms or some (sautéed) celery if we have some on hand.