It’s been the usual land of quick dinners at our house. I feel like I have been too repetitive lately with sandwiches and salads so I decided to look in my pantry and come up with something new. Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a can of black beans and some Red Pack stewed tomatoes. I thought about the smoked turkey sausage I had in my fridge and an idea began to form.
This past week, I received an email from Linda at Red Gold. She is the sweet economist that I had met on my fabulous Red Gold trip. Ahhh, thinking back to the trip makes me want to be in Indiana with the wonderful people I met. Anyway, Linda was wondering what I make with stewed tomatoes since they are one of the east coast’s big product sellers. I usually use them for pizzas and stews. I especially like them with fresh veggies in ratatouille. But this time I thought I would use them for a quick meal. They are slightly sweet, recipe ready and would be perfect in a spicier dish.
I got the thumbs up from my family so this will be a quick meal I will be serving often. It is another one of those dishes that can be reheated in the microwave. I think it might even taste better the next day. So now I have a question for you. What types of recipes do you use stewed tomatoes for?
- 1 TBS canola oil
- ⅓ cup chopped onion
- 1 medium sized red pepper, cored and diced
- 12 ounces smoked turkey sausage (I used Trader Joe’s turkey kielbasa), sliced
- 1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Pack or Red Gold stewed tomatoes
- 1 TBS chili powder
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
- 4 cups hot cooked rice (I use brown rice)
- hot sauce to taste
- In a large frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. Add onions and peppers and cook until wilted.
- Add the sausage and cook for 5 minutes or until it is starting to brown.
- Add tomatoes, chili powder and beans to the pan. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes on low heat.
- Mix in chopped parsley right before it is done cooking.
- Serve with rice and hot sauce to taste.