Category Archives: Rice & Beans

Turkey, Sausage and White Bean Soup

1 pound bulk pork sausage
4 cups cubed cooked turkey
2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) beef broth
1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
4 medium carrots, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Crumble sausage into a large skillet; cook and stir until no longer pink. Drain. Transfer to a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender. Yield: 8 servings (3 quarts).

Chicken & Wild Rice Casserole

10-oz. container refrigerated Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup milk
2 1/2 cups wild rice, cooked per package instructions
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1 cup frozen peas
1/3 cup roasted red sweet peppers, chopped
1 Tbs. fresh basil
1 cup soft bread crumbs
1 Tbs. melted butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine Alfredo sauce and milk in a bowl, then stir in rice, chicken, peppers, peas, and basil. Transfer to 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Cover and bake for 30 minutes, then uncover and stir. Combine bread crumbs and melted butter and sprinkle on top of casserole. Bake, uncovered, for another 25 minutes or until heated through and golden.

Southwestern Chicken & Rice Casserole

1 lb. chicken, cooked and cubed
3 cups rice, cooked according to package directions
16 oz. sour cream
1/2 lb. shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese
1 4-oz. can green chilies, chopped
Parmesan cheese
black olives for garnish (optional)

Spray a casserole baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Layer first five ingredients in the casserole baking dish, repeat until ingredients are all used, garnish with olives. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, until shredded cheese is bubbly and melted. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake for 5-10 additional minutes or until top is brown.

Black-Eyed Peas and Collards Casserole

1 cup dried black-eyed peas
2 1/2 cups water
2 tsp canola oil
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
4 oz mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
12 oz collards, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tbsp molasses
3 tbsp honey
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2-3 drops hot-pepper sauce

In a large saucepan, combine the black-eyed peas and water and let them soak overnight.

When ready to cook bring the beans and the liquid to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until the beans are tender, about 50 minutes.

Transfer the beans and liquid to a 3-quart no-stick baking dish.
In saucepan addd the oil and warm over medium heat. < LI>Add the onions, green peppers and mushrooms and saute for about 5 minutes
Add the garlic and collards.

Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until the collards are just wilted.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

To the black-eyed peas and liquid, add the collard mixture, tomato sauce, ketchup, molasses, honey, mustard, parsley and hot-pepper sauce. Mix well. Cover and bake for 20 minutes.

Hoppin’ John

1 pound dried black-eyed peas
2 small smoked ham hocks or meaty ham bone
2 medium onions, divided
3 large cloves garlic, halved
1 cup long-grain white rice
1 can (10 to 14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with chile peppers, juices reserved
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 jalapeno, minced
2 teaspoons Cajun or Creole seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 green onions, sliced

In a large Dutch oven or kettle, combine the black-eyed peas, ham bone or ham hocks, and 6 cups water. Cut 1 of the onions in half and add it to the pot along with the garlic and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer gently until the beans are tender but not mushy, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Remove the ham bone or hocks, cut off the meat; dice and set aside. Drain the peas and set aside. Remove and discard the onion pieces and garlic.
Add 2 1/2 cups of water to the pot and bring to a boil. Add the rice, cover, and simmer until the rice is almost tender, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Mince the remaining onion then add to the rice along with the peas, tomatoes, and their juices, red and green bell pepper, celery, jalapeno pepper, Creole seasoning, thyme, cumin, and salt. Cook until the rice is tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in the sliced green onions and the reserved diced ham. Serve with hot sauce and freshly baked cornbread.

Black-Eyed Peas

4 slices bacon
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (16-ounce) package dried black-eyed peas, washed
1 (12-ounce) can Ro-tel tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups water

In a large saucepan, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove the bacon, crumble, and set aside to use as a topping for the peas. Saute the onion in the bacon drippings until tender. Add the peas, Ro-tel tomatoes, salt, chili powder, pepper and water. Cover and cook over medium heat for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the peas are tender. Add additional water, if necessary. Serve garnished with crumbled bacon.

Chicken Rice Casserole

6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 tablespoon canola oil
3/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups uncooked instant brown rice
2 cups chicken broth*
1-1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons minced parsley

Preheat oven to 350°.

Brown Chicken in oil in large skillet for about 4 minutes on each side; remove from pan and set aside. In the same skillet, saute the peppers, onion, mushrooms and garlic until onions are translucent. Stir in the rice, broth, corn, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

Put the rice mixture in a 9×13 baking dish, coated with non-stick spray. Top with chicken. Cover and bake for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake a few minutes longer, making sure the chicken is done.** Sprinkle with almonds and parsley. Yield: 6 servings.

Notes: *Can use two bouillon cubes with 2 cups water.
**You can tell if the chicken is done by piercing it with a knife or fork. If the juice is pink, it is not done. The juice must run clear for it to be done.