Monday, April 14, 2008

Andouille sausage, red beans, and rice

Not an original creation, I tried this for the first time tonight and it was good and filling. We added tons more hot sauce to our plates though

Andouille and Red Beans with Rice


1 (3 1/2-ounce) bag boil-in-bag long-grain rice
Cooking spray
4 ounces andouille sausage, diced- I used a whole 12 ounce package
1 cup chopped red bell pepper- I used a whole red bell pepper
1 cup prechopped onion- I used half an onion
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons salt-free Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco)
1 (16-ounce) can dark kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley- I skipped fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cook rice according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage; cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to a bowl, and keep warm.

Add bell pepper, onion, Cajun seasoning, thyme, and hot pepper sauce to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until onions are tender. Add beans and broth to pan; cook 8 minutes or until thick, mashing half the beans. Add sausage, parsley, and salt to pan; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally. Stir in rice and serve.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Crockpot Salsa Chicken

This was easy, done in less than 4 hours, and it tasted good

Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken


4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup salsa (I used a whole jar of Pace Pico de Gallo)
1/2 package taco seasoning
1 can cream of chicken soup (condensed)
1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
1 can black beans, rinsed
A few handfuls of frozen corn

Add chicken to slow cooker.
Sprinkle taco seasoning over chicken.
Pour salsa and soup over chicken.
Add black beans and corn
I stir it all together
Cook on high for about 3.5 hours and cut chicken to check for doneness.
Remove from heat and stir in sour cream.

The first night we ate this mix with these corn tamales we buy, that have no filling. They are just cornbread. We threw some shredded Mexican cheese on top of the salsa chicken mix

The second night DH ate the mix, with cheese again, on tortillas
I put tortilla chips in a bowl and poured the mixture on top, added cheese. It was like a Mexican chicken chili :)

I will be making this again!!