Just this week I posted how to meal plan meals for your family, and how it saves money. Another key to meal planning is finding inexpensive meals you can provide for your family.
I love to dress up meals, and make things different for my family. Even though we are conscious of spending, I still want my family to enjoy dinner time.
I wanted to share a meal that is inexpensive, hearty, and tasty ( my husband's favorite way to describe his food), red beans and rice. Beans and rice usually get a bad rap for being poor man's food. I would totally disagree with those sentiments.
I'm sure you didn't come here for all that, so let's get into the recipe:
RED BEANS AND RICE
2 Bags Of 1 Pound Bags Of Red Kidney Beans
3 Packages of Andouille Sausage ( I bought Johnsville Brand)
1/2 Cup of Onion
1/2 Cup of Celery
1/2 Cup of Bell Pepper ( I used green, yellow, and red)
1/4 tsp of garlic
1 Small Bag of Rice
Seasonings (Season To Your Taste, Start with a pinch of each)
Fresh Ground Pepper
3 Bay Leaves
Sprigs of Rosemary- Fresh
Zatarians Blackened Season
There are a lot of directions about soaking your beans overnight to make cooking them easier ( and not take all day long). I didn't want to do that method. So here is how I cooked the beans.
You will place the beans in a large pot. You will cover the beans with a water and then about an additional cup of water to make sure they stayed covered during cooking. You want the beans to always be covered with water during cooking.
Place the beans on the stove, salt the beans. Bring the beans to a boil. Let them boil hard about five minutes.
Cut the heat off the pot and cover with the top. Let the beans stay covered at least an hour after you turn the heat off.
Drain the water off the beans. While the beans are sitting chop your veggies. Chop the celery, onion, bell peppers, and garlic. Saute the veggies over the stove until soft.
Once you have rinsed the beans, return them to the same pot. Add your sauteed veggies to the beans. Then also add your seasonings.
Let the beans and veggies cook for at least one hour and thirty minutes. Then you will cut the sausage into small pieces. Add the sausage to the pot once the beans are soft. Take a few beans out the pot to test the texture, and make sure the beans have cooked. The sausage will only take a few minutes to warm up, so add them last.
At this time you can cook your rice.
Then you will serve the beans over the rice to eat, serve, and enjoy! We had our beans with a side of cornbread.
Let me know if you have any further questions on the recipe, definitely here to help! What do you think goes well with the beans?