Oh my, I have been so busy with my craft orders, I’ve been getting up at 3 and 4 am to ensure completion by the committed deadlines! As a result, I haven’t sent out many blog articles, but I’m back on track! I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of orders, but my household was not prepared. Before the next holiday season, I’ll have freezer meals, and home canned meal helpers ready to go! A meal solution I enjoy during busy days, is making a “one pot wonder” meal, and I just created a new one last night. It’s delicious!
The “one pot” meals are always a kid-pleaser in my house, and I’ve been instructed to always double for leftovers. This technique makes clean up easy, and cooking fast. No processed ingredients either (except kielbasa). I plan on creating other “one pot” and “one skillet” meals, like my One Pot Wonder Buffalo Chicken Risotto or One Pot Wonder Lo Mein. These are must try dishes!
This recipe is very economical, especially because I buy my rice (33 cents a pound) and beans (40 cents a pound) in bulk. I used my home canned diced tomatoes as well. The kielbasa I got on sale for $2.50 per pack. Money is always tight during the holidays (well let’s be real, it’s always tight!) so it’s meals like this which give me wiggle room to splurge on some holiday grocery items, like ingredients for eggnog, which will be next week’s post! Stay tuned, it’s the best ever!
One Pan Wonder Kielbasa, Beans and Rice
*Note – this makes enough for 6-8 people depending on hunger level! You can easily cut this recipe in half, but you might as well make the whole thing and have leftovers. The choice is yours!
- 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 packages polska kielbasa, diced
- 1 medium sweet onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups white rice
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 2 cans (14 ounce) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 teaspoon bouquet garni
- 2 teaspoons Texas Pete
- 1 can drained diced tomatoes
Heat butter and olive oil in pan until butter is melted. Sauteed garlic, onion, and kielbasa until vegetables are soft, and kielbasa starts to brown.
Add rice, and toss to coat in fat, and toast for about a minute.
Deglaze pan with a little stock, scraping any brown bits off the bottom. Add 5 cups more of stock, and remaining ingredients.
Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cover, and stir occasionally. Add more stock if rice is not tender.