It’s been a while since I’ve written anything for the blog, but don’t for a second think that means we haven’t been cooking. I could tell you I’ve been too busy to get around to the blog, but the reality is that I’ve been spending a majority of my time on the couch watching TV. The summer is only going to get busier as we roll into wedding season, and I promise I won’t forget about the blog. It seems like we’ve got a trip planned every two weeks, but no complaints. Even if the travel is exhausting, I know we wouldn’t give up these memories for the world. On that note, let me share with you a fast and easy recipe that is perfect for when you’re short on time. It’s one skillet, which means less time on dishes, and more time watching Netflix. I think that’s something we can all get behind. Get ready to dig into this Creole Skillet with Andouille sausage, rice, and beans.
Here is everything you need: Sausage, rice, beans, bell pepper, and onion.
There are a couple ways to adjust this recipe. You can go heavier on the rice and cut back on the veggies, or vice versa. We lean towards more veggies than carbs, strictly for weight/health reasons. If I could just eat a bowl of rice, I would.
Roughly chop two green bell peppers, and add to the skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
While the bell peppers are cooking down, roughly chop one onion and add to the skillet.
Continue to let the peppers and onions cook down. During this time slice the andouille sausage into ¼ inch pieces and add to the skillet. Mix this all together and again, continue to cook. You want to cook the mixture until the peppers and onions are softened, but not soggy and the sausage is hot. I use pre-cooked sausage, so I don’t need to worry about cooking it through, but just getting it to heat.
Add one can of drained and rinsed kidney beans. Mix it together and sprinkle in a tablespoon of creole seasoning. Isn’t it pretty and colorful?! Looking at these pictures after the fact is just making me hungry.
Add your cooked rice and mix. It is easiest to start the rice before everything else, because it can be left in the pot until you need it. I guess I technically lied about it being one skillet. One skillet and whatever you cook the rice in. It’s an ALMOST one skillet meal. Sorry you guys…
Mix everything together and season with 1 teaspoon of chili powder and ½ teaspoon of garlic powder. Salt and pepper to taste, but know the creole seasoning already contains a lot of salt.
Now serve it up! I told you it was easy. You just keep adding one ingredient at a time to the skillet until you’re left with a flavorful and well rounded meal. Hope you enjoy this dish as much as we do!