For my Frugal Friday contribution, I'm preparing red beans and rice, hushpuppies, and Scotcharoos. My daddy is in the oil field, so when I was ten he was transferred to South Louisiana. Talk about delicious foods! Gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp creole, and red beans and rice. . .the flavors in those foods are just amazing. If you haven't ever had any of those, I highly suggest you try them out!
Red beans and rice is also called "Wash Day" food, because long ago the housewives would put a big pot on to cook all day while they tended their laundry. I think that's a great idea! It's hearty and easy, and a great way to get proteins into your family. Ingredients: 1 pound red beans (rinsed and drained) 1 package of your favorite sausage (cut into bite-sized pieces) 2 cups rice (cooked) 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes 1 teaspoon Tony Chacheres (I actually use a little more than that!) 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon black pepper splash of hot sauce (optional) 6 cups of water Directions: In a large pot, dump in the beans, water, hot sauce, and seasonings. Bring all of this to a boil and then reduce to medium-low. Simmer for about 2.5 hours, or until beans are tender. Season more if you need. About 30 minutes before serving, add the sausage. Serve over rice with a sprinkle of cheese and maybe another splash of hot sauce.
Living in small town Oklahoma, I am married to the sweetest man you will ever meet. We have five young children, so I would now consider myself a professional juggler. I'm a wannabe crafter, cook, baker, and gardener. Some might call me crunchy. I'm okay with it.