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Sausage Studded Red Beans and Rice


  • 1 cups uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 package (16 ounces) smoked sausage, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning

Cook rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, saute sausage, onion and celery in a large saucepan until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in beans, tomatoes and seasoning. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until heated through, about 10 minutes. Stir in rice; heat through.

Makes 8 servings

Source : Taste of Home

Incredibly easy recipe that came together pretty quickly. I think by the time the rice was done cooking, the meat mixture was done too. Whatever sausage had been bought was not the best option. Hot Italian would be good, or andouille even. What we had was reminiscent of hot dog. BLECH! The recipe called for Cajun seasoning, but the closest we have is Creole, this made it a smidge to spicy for son #4.

This ended up being the boys last summer meal of 2011. Bright and early tomorrow morning they will be on their was to the bus stop. I cannot begin to tell you how not excited they are! It may not have helped that we have been counting down the days as if WE are excited. Nor may it have helped that we kept reminding them of all the wonderful school type things they will have to look forward too. Of course, it could have been mentioning how eagerly I was anticipating being able to scooter to Dunkin’ Donuts for a morning coffee and donut. Maybe it was the off-hand comment about Rita’s still being open and how that might be my lunches. After all – why have kids if you can’t have fun with it?

This morning they were greeted with this: 

What better way to use our new wall than with a very large chalk list of school tasks? The olders have learned that these list are typically more for my benefit then their own, so they don’t pay much attention to them, but the youngers follow them pretty well. Need I mention that I we are enjoying they chalk wall very much.

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