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December 7, 2014

Spicy Franks and Beans



This is the happiest time of the year, unless you are shopping. At the grocery store this weekend I ran into multiple women who must be trying to do too many things on their to-do list. They not only looked frazzled, but they were more than a little snippy. Now if it was one or two people in the store I could understand. However, it was pretty much every woman except one. The one woman was very sweet and reminded me that not everyone is focused on doing too much at the expense of actually enjoying the holidays. I decided a couple of years back after I started snapping at my kids during most of the month of December, that I needed to stop trying to overdo Christmas. A simple Christmas is relaxing, and at the end of the day my kids love curling up and watching a movie with me as much as any over hyped Christmas toy that I spent multiple weekends searching for. So my Christmas gift list is already done, my meal plan is simple, and my Christmas card list is very short. I am also planning a few fun new Christmas adult drink recipes for my husband and I to enjoy on Christmas Eve after the kids go to bed. Being together and happy is the most important part of the season.



In the last month my fridge, oven, and toilet all broke in the same week. Needless to say I haven't had a lot of new recipe posts. Luckily everything is fixed now and Thanksgiving actually got on the table after having my oven prepared at 11:30 at night the day before. In December I try to make my meal plans simple and easy since there are so many other things to do and focus upon. The following recipe is for Spicy Franks and Beans.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.


Spicy Franks and Beans



Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 cups dried black-eyed peas
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped sweet onions (about 2 small)
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup sliced celery
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 7 ounces small cooked smoked sausage links
  • 7 ounces andouille sausage links, sliced
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 1/2 cups water
Cooking Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Rinse black-eyed peas and spread on bottom of greased 3 quart baking dish.
  3. Heat oil over medium heat in a 4 quart dutch oven.
  4. Add celery, garlic, green pepper, and onion.
  5. Cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes.
  6. Add sausage slices and links and cook 2 minutes.
  7. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and water and bring to a boil.
  8. Pour tomato mixture oven beans and cover with foil.
  9. Cook for 1 hour.
  10. Stir and uncover.
  11. Bake 45 minutes more, stirring 2-3 times.
Tips: 
  • The total cooking time can vary. Check the beans 20 minutes after uncovering (step 10). They maybe done, or can take up to an additional 20 minutes. 
  • My family loves sausage so oftentimes I use the entire package of small sausage links. I just make sure to add additional water so that nothing dries out. 
  • If you like a little bit of heat this recipe is great with the addition of cayenne or chili powder. It would also work with a minced jalapeƱo (seeded or unseeded). 
  • As a side or topping cornbread is great! 

18 comments:

  1. I agree, people can get too caught up and forget the simple comforts. This recipe looks so hearty, thanks for sharing.

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    1. They really can. The holiday madness is almost over though :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. This dish looks deliciously good! I agree..the most important thing is being health, happy and together as a family. xx

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    1. Definitely! I have been trying to make my kids understand that Christmas isn't just about the gifts :)

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  3. Haha, I finished my Christmas shopping like a month ago. I am not going anywhere near any stores for the next few weeks.

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    1. I finished early too. I hate the crowds!

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  4. I did a lot of my shopping before the rush and I tend to take things easy now as well. I don't overdo it because it's really just a day. Everyday should be like Christmas. This year though we're also spending it out the country once again. Christmas should be fun and not stressful. BTW that is such a simple and easy meal to prepare and I know the kids would enjoy this. I'll tell them it's their very own chili. :)

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    1. It really is just a day, I agree. I hope your holidays go well! Have a great trip :)

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  5. Looks so good, but if I eat that I might stink out the house!

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    1. Beans can do that :) They are worth it though!

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  6. Gah, they say it comes in threes!! Those kind of threes they can keep! Glad you're up and running now.

    Kudos to you for the laid back, nice holiday!

    And the dish looks like something my hubby and big kids would love!

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    1. They do seem to come in threes! My holidays have been great so far, so much less stress :)

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  7. We do lots of online shopping...life is so much easier.
    The stew looks hearty and very delicious, Ann.

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    1. Online shopping is so much easier! I do a lot of mine online as well :)

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  8. Traveling to the Caribbean and may not have internet access so stopping by to say Happy Holidays. You may see blog updates since I've got them scheduled but I won't be around. All the best to you and your family in 2015.

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    1. Happy holidays! I have been horrible about blogging this month, trying to catch up now :)

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  9. Stopping by to say Happy Holidays and I see you ran into some bad luck on the appliances. Sorry, I hope Santa will bring you a Viking stove for Christmas. Sheila from The Frugal Exerciser

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    1. Viking stoves are awesome!! I know a few people that have them and absolutely love them :) Happy Holidays to you too!

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