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Hubby’s Sausage “Gumbo”

We have all been hit with this nasty cold this past week and over the weekend. Hubby started last weekend and then I got it, and now I think poor Paisley has it too šŸ˜¦ Fortunately the worst of it hit me over the weekend, which was good timing since Hubby was home to take care of Paisley and let me rest. I think I’ve mentioned before that he is really a “jack of all trades” and cooking of course, is no different. He can seriously make a meal out of seemingly nothing in the house. I however, like to have a recipe and stick to it, ensuring it comes out well every time. He is just one of those people who like to experiment with different flavors and combinations, and it usually always comes out great! He’s also one of those people who can look at a recipe once and he’s good to go, while I spend the whole time I’m cooking constantly checking the recipe and making sure I have it right. It’s frustrating that anything he cooks is fabulous and he’s gifted in this way, when I’ve spent quite a few years trying to perfect my cooking! I’m happy for him though that his endeavors usually turn out the way he wants, but I’m also envious of his great talents! I look forward to when he cooks though because I know it will usually always turn into something delicious, and I don’t have to cook! It’s a win all around! šŸ™‚
Anyways, point of the story, Hubby cooked dinner last night and it was awesome!

Ingredients:
* 1 package smoked sausage (we always buy the beef smoked sausage) cut into 1/4 inch pieces
* 1/2 cup sliced celery
* 1/2 an onion, chopped
* 1 green bell pepper, chopped
* 1 can stewed tomatoes, drained and chopped up a bit
* 1 cup partially cooked rice (we used brown, but white is ok too)
* 1 can of Ranch Style beans
* a bit of salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder

Directions:
Start by cooking your rice, you want it just to be partially cooked, it will cook the rest of the way once it’s combined with the other ingredients at the end. Drizzle some olive oil in a large pan with tall sides and sautĆ© your vegetables and add in the sausage slices. Cook this mixture until the sausage is heated through and the vegetables have lost that initial crispness. Add in your seasonings to taste.
Next, add in your partially cooked rice, stewed tomatoes, and the beans. Stir this mixture together and let it simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
Serve with garlic bread on the side.

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Sorry this recipe is a little vague and there aren’t many pictures. Running around trying to catch a toddler while being sick at the same time makes it a bit difficult to document each step!

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