I made this dish for a friend. That's right, I have sought out others to cook for since the husband is overall... BORING! I kid, but you know what I mean. I know his likes, and dislikes and it's fun considering someone else's. I guess you can say I'm food cheating. That's right I admit it, I food cheat on my husband. At least he knows and we have an open dinner relationship. LOL :~P
Anyway the dish is called Red Rice. I never heard of it before but I've eaten similar meals. My mom used to make something close to this with peas (which I would have added but he does't like them) and rice.
All I had to work with when figuring out the idea was rice, tomatoes and some kind of meat. I decided on sausage as I thought it would add the most flavor but you could easily make this with chicken breast even, dare I say leftover turkey this week? :~) As always take it and run. The liquid to rice ratio is perfect and although this makes enough to serve a small army, it freezes well.
Oh! and if you're curious, the husband and toddler both enjoyed it. I guess my food cheating paid off. :~)
- 1 small sweet onion chopped
- handful of baby carrots diced (3oz)
- 1 package turkey sausage (20oz - 6 links)
- 2 large green bell peppers chopped
- 1 ½ cup uncooked brown rice (285g)
- 1 can diced tomatoes (15oz)
- 1 small can tomato sauce (8oz)
- 2 cups water (16oz)
- 1 can kidney beans drained & rinsed (15oz)
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp chili powder (cut back if you don't want too much kick)
- 1 tbsp dried parsley
- non-stick cooking spray
Spray a large pot with non-stick cooking spray and start by sautéing the onions over medium high heat. Add the diced carrots.
Remove the casing from the sausage. Simply take a knife and slice longways. It should peal right off. Plop them into the pot and break apart with a wooden spoon while browning.
Once the turkey is browned add the peppers. We are holding off on them as to not overcook and get too mushy. Add the brown rice and stir to coat everything.
Add the can of tomatoes and tomato sauce. Use the 8oz tomato sauce can to add to can-fuls of water (2 cups). Add the beans, paprika, chili powder and parsley. Bring to a boil then cover and lower to a simmer.
DO NOT TOUCH it for 25 minutes. I scream as I'm famous for ruining dishes because I can't wait then I peak and let out the heat. Leave it alone. It will be fine if it's over your lowest setting and the rice will come out nice and fluffy. Well, as fluffy as brown rice and come. :~)
After 25 minutes, remove cover, stir, turn off heat and let site for a few minutes before serving.
|Servings||Amt per Serving|
|8||About 1 and ½ cups|
|305||7g||6g||old: 6||new: 8|