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Red Beans and Rice

Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield

4 servings (serving size: 1 cup bean mixture, 3/4 cup rice, and 1 tablespoon green onions)

This is the ultimate in thriftiness and convenience - beans in a slow-cooker. The long, slow cooking time coaxes all the flavor from the sausage into the beans for a mild yet full-flavored dish. You can also cook in on low heat for 8 hours.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup dried red kidney beans
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 (14-ounce) package turkey, pork, and beef smoked sausage, thinly sliced (such as Healthy Choice)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups hot cooked long-grain rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions

Nutrition Information

  • calories 413
  • caloriesfromfat 5 %
  • fat 2.5 g
  • satfat 0.7 g
  • monofat 0.2 g
  • polyfat 0.5 g
  • protein 21.1 g
  • carbohydrate 76.3 g
  • fiber 10.1 g
  • cholesterol 18 mg
  • iron 6 mg
  • sodium 749 mg
  • calcium 102 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 12 ingredients in an electric slow cooker. Cover with lid; cook on high heat for 5 hours. Discard bay leaf; stir in salt. Serve over rice; sprinkle servings evenly with green onions.