I buy my sausage from a small. local farmer and the flavor is downright amazing. It is not particularly cheap so I try to find ways to include it in sausage recipes where it is merely a small part of the total recipe. Cutting back on meat consumption is easier if you substitute some of the meat with beans instead. This works well in assorted Mexican dishes like this black bean and rice recipe as well as tacos, burritos, etc. I usually use organic black beans in a can because I am rather lazy and hate having to cook the beans ahead of time. If you are feeling ambitious and have a bit of free time, cooking dried beans is much cheaper than buying them in cans.
Because I am a firm believer that everything tastes better with cheese on it, I added some sharp cheddar cheese to these black beans and rice. And now that I have fresh cilantro growing in my garden I added plenty of that to my sausage recipe as well. You can adjust the flavors of this dish to suit your own personal tastes.
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Black Beans and Rice with Sausage
- 5 cups white rice, cooked according to package directions
- 1 15 ounce can black beans
- 1/2 pound bulk ground sausage
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 large onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
- 1 can finely diced tomatoes, undrained
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 TBSP of Cajun or Creole seasoning
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat
- Add ground sausage and cook until almost done
- Drain sausage
- In the same pan, combine onion, sausage, black beans, garlic, jalapeno and tomatoes. Cook 3 to 4 minutes
- Add in the rice and mix until combined. Salt and pepper to taste
- To serve, plate desired amount and top with cilantro and cheddar
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.