Spiced Sausage & Rice

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This recipe I came up with while sitting at work one day, trying to come up with something new and different for dinner. It sort of just fell into place. The flavors in this dish are wonderful, and everything stews together to make a truly easy and delicious dinner. I made this last night for the second time, and my husband raved about it. Now I know what you’re thinking, I say that a lot, and it true, but he said three times last night how much he enjoyed it.

 

One of the benefits of this dish is that it can be pretty healthy. Its filled with turkey sausage, rice, beans, and vegetables. Which means that it contains quite a few essential nutrients that your body needs. From the turkey sausage you are getting lean protein, the beans contain a good amount of fiber and protein, and depending on the type of rice you use, it can have plentiful amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals. For the vegetables, I used a red pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, tomato and onion, all of which are full with vitamins and minerals. Overall this dish can be a healthy meal for you and your family, depending on the type of ingredients used. For example, switching regular sausage for the turkey sausage would increase the saturated fat content, and using a white rice would have less vitamins, minerals, and fiber than brown rice. You can also add or substitute other vegetables if you like. That’s another great thing about this dish, you can add your own personal flair.

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To begin this dish, I started by slicing the sausage, and dicing all the vegetables, which really takes most of the time. After everything is chopped, diced and sliced, heat a large skillet over medium high heat, and add some olive oil. Once the oil is heated through in the sausage and sauté that for a couple minutes until it starts to get brown around the edges. Then throw in all the vegetable except the garlic and tomato. Sauté those until getting browned, and tender. Then add in the garlic, and stir around, letting it cook for just a minute. Then add the beans and rice, allowing those to sauté for a minute as well. After this, add in remaining ingredients including the chicken broth, tomato, and spices, and excluding the cheese (if you choose to use some). Allow that to come to a boil, and then cover and reduce heat to low and cook for around 15 minutes, or however long the directions on your rice package says that it needs to cook. Once finished, stir everything around, and serve hot. Sprinkle with some cheddar cheese to finish it off. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments below.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. smoked turkey sausage
  • 1⁄2 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 can Black Beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • 1 can chicken broth (plus a little extra water)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. Chili blend spice mix
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Cocoa Chili powder
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 small squash, diced
  • 1 Bell pepper, diced
  • Salt, pepper, to taste
  • Cheddar Cheese, shredded (Optional)

 

Directions: Sauté sausage in a little olive oil until browned, add onion and other vegetables, and cook until starting to brown and tender. Add garlic, and cook for a minute. Add beans and rice, and cook for an additional minute. Pour in chicken broth, spices and diced tomato. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat to low and cover pan, cook for 13-15 minutes. Add a little water if rice isn’t done, or too chewy. Simmer for another minute or two. Serve with cheese.

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