This is a cheap and easy, but not fast, dinner. I enjoy making dinners like this because I only use one dish, can catch up on some cooking shows and have leftovers for lunch the next day.
4 cups stock (any flavor or water)
2 cups brown rice
1 cups dried azuki beans (any bean is fine, but these cook around the same rate as rice, making it easier)
7 sausages, cut to 1 in pieces (adjust number for your audience - we used a pack of andouille chicken sausage from costco)
1 large can diced tomatoes (I use a quart of home canned)
1 can corn (I use a pint of home canned)
1 diced pepper (any pepper is fine, we used a Serrano with the seeds removed)
1/4 cup of taco seasoning
- Optional - soak rice & beans the night before in water with a Tbs. of acid (vinegar, whey, lemon juice, etc.) to break down some indigestibles.
- Bring stock or liquid to a boil in a large pan. Add rice and beans and bring to a boil again before reducing the heat to as simmer.
- Add tomatoes (and juices), corn, pepper & seasoning.
- Add sliced sausages and let cook until rice and beans are tender. Stir occasionally.
This takes a little longer than cooking brown rice - 45 minutes to an hour - so it's not a fast recipe.
BUT...it's convenient. I go into the living room and watch an episode of Jamie at Home or Dharma & Greg or Chuck's Day Off and I complete a new step during each commercial break, then make sure to check in on it and stir during each commercial break. It's a really hands off dinner. When we have the supplies, I like to serve it up with a sprinkle of chopped cilantro, shredded cheese and a spoonful of sour cream.
- 4 cups Stock: 0.00 (Homemade Chicken) to 3.99 (organic)
- 2 cups Brown Rice: 1.33 (generic) to 3.59 (organic)
- 1 cup Azuki Beans: 0.95 (bulk bin) to 1.25 (organic canned)
- 7 Sausages: 2.66 (costco) to 6.99 (organic)
- Diced tomatoes: 0.01 (garden from seed) to 1.99 (organic)
- Corn: 0.01 (garden from seed) to 1.25 (organic)
- Pepper: 0.01 (garden from seed) to 0.60 (organic)
- Taco Seasoning - I'll throw in 0.10 for the seasoning
6 large servings - as little as 0.84 per serving, as much as 3.29 per serving for entirely organic/upscale ingredients. A little more with the cheese/cilantro/sour cream addition.