Also, when the calendar turned to June, the heat wave officially struck. It is hot, y'all. And the thought of cooking (and adding heat into this house) makes me want to go jump in somebody's backyard pool. So in honor of summer and crazy weeks, I'm sharing with you my new favorite slow cooker recipe. It's easy, it's cheap, and it's delicious.
Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice, serves 4
(adapted from Cooking Light)
- 3 cups of water
- 1 cup dried red beans
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 cup chopped bell pepper
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 5 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons of cajun seasoning
- 1/2 package of turkey smoked sausage, thinly sliced (you could use andouille here, I'm sure it would taste better, but this sausage is still great!)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 cups of cooked rice
- sour cream
- chopped green onions
Mix first 9 ingredients together in your slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours. Before serving, stir in remaining seasonings. (Adjust heat to your taste.) Serve over hot cooked rice (we used brown rice) and top with sour cream and green onions. You could also mix everything together, including the rice...but we figured it would be hard enough to get Phoebe to eat this as it was. But actually, Phoebe (who generally doesn't like beans), ate this obediently and joyfully. Michael and I both thought it was delicious!
Also, since I'm pretty much exhausted in the afternoons, we've scrapped our afternoon walk for running around in the backyard. Popsicles and baby pools, anyone?
Happy summer, y'all!