Sunday, January 10, 2010

Quick Weeknight Meal Idea: Red Beans and Rice with Chicken Sausage

Just popping in to post a quick weeknight meal idea we've enjoyed around these parts lately.

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The actual contents of this meal could differ, depending on what you like/don't like. The cajun style sausage is a bit too spicy for us, so I usually buy a box of Zatarain's Red Beans and Rice and a package of Sun Dried Tomato chicken sausage (or some variation of savory chicken/turkey sausage).

There isn't really a recipe - this is just one of those throw-together meals. Slice up the sausage into bite-sized rounds and stir fry them with a bit of olive oil. If you wanted to up the veggie content, you could also throw in some chopped green, red, and yellow bell peppers at this point, and saute them with the sausage.

Once the sausage is browned and the veggies are soft, take the sausage and veggies out of the pan and cook the red-beans-and-rice as the package instructs. Throw the sausage and veggies back in at the end, and stir it all together.

Voila! Dinner is served in about 20-25 minutes. This is becoming a regular on the weekly meal schedule at our house, because its (a) quick, and (b) doesn't involve ground beef. (I tire of ground beef easily.)

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And now for a smattering of randomness:

(1) My brother Matt is getting married this weekend, so we went out today and got ourselves some fancy new haircuts (and color, in my case) for the occasion. We're excited Matt!

(2) The latest book in the Huff Family Book Club has arrived in the mail: Watership Down, by Richard Adams. I'm on Chapter 3. As my brother Chris so aptly stated, there is just nothing better than a good story about some anthropomorphic rabbits.

(3) Ever since I was 15 or so, one of my favorite books has been Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. With the libertarian movement on the rise, this book has gotten a lot of air time lately. We've moved so many times in the past five years that I can't find my dog-eared copy, and I've really been wanting to read it again. When John Stossel did a whole show on the book (and which current-day individuals would be cast as which characters from the novel), I knew I had to have it in my hands soon. It is now winging its way to us via Amazon. I'll let you know if Dagny Taggart is still as fiesty and fantastic as I remember her to be.

Have a lovely week, everyone!

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