This is called what it is called literally because it's just plain ole rice and beans with a tiny twist. You really can make of this what you want, adding or taking away an ingredient here and there and have it nine ways to Sunday! (and back)
POOR MAN'S STEW
1 bag dry pinto beans
2 pkgs turkey summer sausage or keilbasa, chopped into chunks
Penzey's Forward (or some other rich, but summery spice)
4 bay leaves
This is easy. Watch this. Throw all ingredients (spices to taste) (see notes) into the crock pot, fill to the top of the pot with water, and set on low. Go on about your business. When it is done cooking, add a few more spices (see notes). Serve over rice.
NOTES: Remember the Pizza Panini from the other night? I only used about a tablespoonful of ro-tel and put the rest in a baggie to save. Well, that's the leftovers in the Poor Man's Stew! Crock pots tend to mute your seasoning so it is always a good idea to season again before you serve. Just be careful! You can ALWAYS add, but can never take away, and you don't want this to be too salty. (She said, from experience)
POOR MAN'S RICE
2 1/2 cups rice
5 1/2 cups juice from the Poor Man's Stew once it is cooked
So get this: throw both ingredients into a pot, bring to a boil, and then cover and simmer until desired consistency. Fo' realz. It's THAT EASY. (see notes)
NOTES: I used a box of organic Yoga light brown rice for this. But the juice makes for a rich (Poor Man's Stew, get it?? RICH!!) rice!
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