We love traditional, down-south, home cooking in the cool weather months, and red beans and rice has always been a favorite.  However, I have never made it in the crock pot or with a desire to keep it healthier!

I found a crock pot recipe and put my own spin on it.  Of course, you need a crock pot!  SInce this is just for two, I used one pound of dry red beans.  Wash them thoroughly before placing in the crock post.  I also purchased at our local favorite HEB Grocery, a creole mix of onion, green pepper, and celery…you can of course chop yourself, but this mix is great if it is available at your market.  I poured that on top of the beans along with three minced cloves of garlic.  Then I added a sliced package of Aidell’s Cajun Style Adouille All Natural Sausage.  It is delicious and not too spicy.

The next important ingredient is 2-3 tablespoons of Creole Seasoning…I use two…my husband would like three…but that would be too much spicy for me! A traditional recipe will tell you to pour on 7 cups of water…but for added taste and protein, I used half chicken bone broth and half water.

Then I cook it on low for nine hours.  It was delicious for Super Bowl Sunday.  My husband likes it over Jasmine Rice….and I like this brand.  I love the rice, but this year are it without rice since I am trying to watch my carbs.

It’s February….it’s red…and it tastes great!



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