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Cajun Chicken and Andouille Soup

3 Feb

Hello WordPress! I almost forgot about you! But then, I just joined Pinterest and realized that it could help me organize all of my recipes along with this blog. So let’s get back to it!

As always, I’m on the look out for simple, quick, tasty, and hopefully somewhat healthy recipes. I have started to use Women’s Health website to find some good recipes that breaks down the calories, sodium, and protein and other good-to-know nutrients. However, their website is awful to navigate and rarely has any good pictures. I also find myself changing a lot of the recipes to make more sense to me.

My modification of their Cajun Chicken and Andouille Soup has become an instant hit around here. I’ve made twice in the past two weeks. Really delicious and super easy to make.

Disclaimer: I have been to Louisiana several times and know what “real” Southern food is. This isn’t it. This is definitely the “California” version of Southern food. But it does give me a little taste, and it’s delicious otherwise–so who cares?

Ingredients:

*Ingredient note: look for any sort of brand of “cajun seasoning” in the seasoning aisle, or you could make one up–it would probably have less sodium. But since I have contacts in the south, I used a new one I got for Christmas, Walker & Son’s “Slap Ya Mama” seasoning, and it’s delicious. I also like to think it adds to my authenticity, but probably not.

Directions:

  • Chop everything up, throw it into the pot and simmer for 4-8 hours. Really, because these are such hardy ingredients you could probably do it for as long as you want it to simmer for.  How simple is that?

I served mine with corn bread muffins:

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Italian Sausage and White Bean Stew

2 Nov

I served this on a nice cool fall day, right after you know summer is gone but you’re not quite sure if winter is here.  It’s a sort of cross between a chili and a stew, and is a nice change up to add to the options for a quick weekday dinner.  Tons of leftovers for the next day!

Italian Sausage and White Bean Stew

Italian Sausage and White Bean Stew
Adapted from A Dash of Sass via TasteSpotting

12 ounces sweet Italian turkey sausage
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (19 ounce) can white beans
1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed or stewed tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon Italian blend spices*
Olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

– Remove sausage casing using small knife and tear sausage into small pieces.
– Heat a large saucepan or high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add enough olive oil to coat the pan.
– Add green peppers and onion. Saute until soft. Add minced garlic and quickly saute. Be careful to continue stirring to avoid burning the garlic.
– Add sausage pieces to pan, saute until lightly browned.
– Add beans and tomatoes. Add spices. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes or simmer until dinner time!
– Serve with grated Parmesan cheese, crusty bread or fresh basil.