Friday, August 31, 2012

Cajun Rice Delight...That Cooks Itself

I'm always torn over the summer because I have time during the day that actually allows me to cook, but on the other hand, it's approximately 1,234 degrees outside, and the last thing I want to do is turn on an oven, so.....thus begins a hunt through recipes I've saved, filed, planned out that don't actually require baking.  Sure, there are a plethora of crockpot recipes out there, but I'm saving those for the winter months when I'm not home to cook, enter....skillet meals.  In particular, this meal was great because it literally cooks itself once you toss it in a pan.  I had this ragged little strip of paper I had pulled from who knows what source (I'm thinking someone at work), and it was a good recipe, but most importantly, it didn't heat my house, and it actually took very little cooking.  I had precut the veggies the night before, so it was a matter of a few measurements and it was ready to go.  This was a great 'basic' Cajun rice meal, and I think it's all in the seasoning.  I skipped the hot sauce the recipe calls for and add more salty type seasonings, but that's because I have a unhealthy love for salt thanks to all the running.  OK....and without further ado..an easy dinner idea....
Cajun Rice Delight Recipe
Ingredients:  1 c. extra long grain rice, 8 oz smoked link sausage (sliced...I doubled mine b/c that is how much was in the pkg), 1/2 c. onion (chopped), 1/2 c. green pepper (chopped), 2 c. okra (I skipped this), 16 oz. canned whole tomatoes (I chopped mine into fourths and I drained the juice from the can, but I did let some of the juice from the innards plop into the pan), 10 3/4 oz can chicken broth, 2 c. water, 1 t. sage, 1 t. hot sauce (skipped this), salt and pepper to taste. 
Instructions:  In a large pan, combine all the ingredients (uncooked at this point except the sausage which comes pre-cooked).  Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove the lid and simmer an additional 10 minutes (or until the water has evaporated and the rice looks ready to go). 
Serves 6