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.
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
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).
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!