Andouille Chicken Sausage and Veggie Rice Pilaf

29 Jun

On this busy weeknight, I pulled together an easy dinner with items I had in the pantry.  I picked up these andouille sausages at Trader Joe’s for grilling and possible use in a batch of gumbo or Spanish stew.  The chicken version cuts your calories and saturated fat pretty much in half.

To accompany my sausages, I whipped up an easy rice pilaf.

I try not to buy a lot of packaged rice/pasta items.  Have you ever checked out the ingredients on those things?  Here’s a run down:

Popular Brand Rice Pilaf Ingredients

PARBOILED LONG GRAIN RICE, WHEAT FLOUR, SALT, HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, TORULA YEAST, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, ONIONS*, HYDROLYZED CORN PROTEIN, CHICKEN BROTH*, HYDROLYZED CORN GLUTEN, CHICKEN FAT, CHICKEN*, TURMERIC SPICE WHICH IMPARTS COLOR, DISODIUM INOSINATE, DISODIUM GUANYLATE, SPICES, GARLIC*, CHIVES*, NIACIN, FERRIC ORTHOPHOSPHATE, FERROUS SULFATE, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, TURMERIC EXTRACT, FOLIC ACID, RIBOFLAVIN.

Ally’s Rice Pilaf

JASMINE RICE, ZUCCHINI, CARROT, LOW SODIUM VEGETABLE STOCK, RED PEPPER FLAKES, EVOO, WATER, SALT.

Directions

1/2 cup rice of choice
1/2 grated zucchini
1 medium carrot, grated
1 teaspoon EVOO
1/2 cup low sodium vegetable stock
1/2 cup water
dash of red pepper flakes
salt

Bring water, stock, rice to a boil.  Add veggies, red pepper flakes, EVOO.  Cover, turn to low and cook until rice is tender (about 10-15 minutes).

Yum!

Hubby did an event a little while ago where he arranged some vocal jazz numbers for some of his students and performed at Schaefer’s, a local food, wine, and spirit shop’s 75th anniversary.   In thanks they sent him a bottle of red wine.

We cracked it open for a little wine tasting.  Hubby gave it a swirl and sniff..

Ah-ha!  Hubby declares undertones of spice!  I tasted some floral/fruity action.  It had a very smooth finish.  Yum!

Hope everyone had a good Wednesday!

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