In keeping with sharing our menu for the month last Monday I’ll share one of our recipes with you today, or at least the way I mostly do it anyway. I tend to improvise in the kitchen a lot. I also had intended in getting lots of step by step instructions for the recipe but honestly Lexi & Aidan did most of the prep work while I showered, changed sheets and other household stuff getting ready for the hubby to come home! Also some of the amounts might be a little odd as I eyeball it and adjust while I’m making it because I’m cooking for such a large family.
3 tbs oil
1 large onion chopped
1 1/2 c chopped celery (or whatever is left in your fridge that your kids haven’t snacked on)
4 cloves garlic minced
2 bell peppers chopped (or whatever makes it in the pot due to snacking kids)
1lb kielbasa or other smoked sausage
1-2 c diced/chopped leftover ham or pork pieces (optional but so yummy)
2 ham hocks
4 cans rinsed & drained red beans (I usually just soak beans & eyeball enough to feed people images show cannellini beans because thats what I had)
1 tbs thyme
1 tbs parsley
3 bay leaves
2-4 c chicken broth
salt & pepper to taste
1 lb dices/chopped leftover ham pieces
Sauté everything above the ~~~ until browned. When that’s done add all the remaining ingredients. Simmer slowly for an additional 2-4 hours. I usually cover it but that just because balls and airplanes tend to go flying at my house and I don’t feel like picking them out. When its about time to eat make up some rice using whatever way you like to cook it we usually need about 4 cups uncooked rice here in order to have some for leftovers the next day. Trust me you will want leftovers the next day.
Feeds 6-8 hungry Feingold’s with enough for leftovers the next day for most of the kids.
So what’s cooking at your home? What easy meals do you like to make?