How nice is it that I put this stew into my crock pot before a soccer game, then came home to dinner all ready and waiting for us to eat? In fact, my crock pot was so nice that as we walked in the door, it scooped the prepared stew into six serving bowls, poured milk for us to drink, set the table and sang us a song while we gathered around. Okay, not really. But still, having a hot meal ready and waiting made me feel like someone else had done all the work.
This stew is especially easy to make if you already have turkey sausage and red beans cooked up ahead of time. I typically make six pounds of the sausage at a time, then freeze it in one pound packages, making it easy to throw into a meal like this one.
Turkey Sausage and Red Bean Stew
1 pound turkey sausage (browned)
2 cups cooked red beans or 1 can (15 ounces) small red beans
1/2 cup brown rice (uncooked)
1 cup water
1 1/2 cups corn (frozen or canned)
2 cups tomato juice
1/2 cup chopped sweet green pepper (more if you like)
salt and pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cook on low setting for 6 hours. This stew is great served with hot cornbread and a glass of milk. It is also gluten free – a bonus for those of you with GF needs! Makes 6-8 servings.
With my crock pot cooking our dinner for us, now all I need is an appliance that will clean my kitchen for me. Oh wait – that’s what the kids are for. We make kitchen clean-up a family project – here’s a post explaining more, along with a free downloadable kitchen chore chart.
Is it stew weather where you live? (If it’s still warm and sunny at your house, break it to me gently.) ;)