Red Beans and Rice Skillet

While this Red Beans and Rice Skillet is inspired by the traditional Louisiana Red Beans and Rice, its similarity to the creole classic ends at, well...red beans and rice. The turkey kielbasa is a healthier alternative to other types of sausage and the lack of cayenne pepper makes it a dish that even the "heat sensitive" can enjoy. While it may be non-traditional, it is a quick, easy to prepare (only requiring one pan), inexpensive and healthy dish that the whole family will love.

For those of you with a wheat allergy, be sure to choose a turkey sausage or kielbasa that doesn't include wheat (watch for "modified food starch" and be sure it is not derived from wheat).

Ingredients:

cooking spray

1-14 oz package turkey kielbasa, cut diagnally in 1/4 inch slices

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1 yellow onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper
1 clove minced garlic
2 (16 oz) cans dark red kidney beans, drained
1 (14.5 oz) can Italian style diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 cup water
1/2 cup uncooked rice

Directions:

1) Spray a large frying pan with cooking spray. Cook the sausage on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until it is heated through. Stir in the onion, green pepper and garlic and saute until the onion is tender. Add the beans, can of tomatoes and pepper. Cook until heated through. Add the water and rice and stir. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 20 minutes. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts: Serving size: 1 cup, calories: 205, fat calories: 39, total fat: 4.4 grams, saturated fat: g, cholesterol: g, sodium: 908 mg, total carbs: 27, fiber: 8.5 g, sugar: 1 g, protein: 16 g


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