Slow Cooker White Beans and Kielbasa Stew

I was looking for some kind of new slow cooker recipes, since I tend to repeat the ones we have quite often.  I found this on Real Simple, and though it’s more hearty fall/winter than an 80-degree day in May kind of meal, it was still good, and it was easy – both important on late barn nights.  Definitely worth making again, though I might wait until it’s a bit chilly again. 😉

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Sausage with Peppers and Onions

This was a pretty traditional sausage and veggies in sauce, but we really loved it!  It was excellent on its own, but would be great on a roll or over some pasta.  The sauce was surprisingly good for a quick 20-minute simmer.  Red wine was optional in this recipe (which I found somewhere on Pinterest), but I would say it is not…that’s definitely what lent the nice, rich flavor.  We had this with some brussels sprouts on the side.

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White Beans and Sausage

This was a super quick, tasty, weeknight dinner.  We did not put this over pasta (low carb considerations for me), but I actually think that it would be way too much if you did – the beans were plenty.  We really liked this!  Totally one to make again.  We had this with garlic zucchini spirals.

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Pan-Grilled Chicken with Chorizo Confetti

This was another Cooking Light recipe that we picked for weeknight speediness, and thought it was a little so-so.  To be fair, I have never been great at cooking chicken breasts on a stovetop.  But it had potential, and I’m posting it because with leftovers the next day, I added a little bit of shredded cheddar cheese and it was suddenly much better!  I would probably still like this better if the chicken were grilled, so worth trying again next summer. 🙂

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Chicken and Andouille Gumbo

I am a sucker for all dishes Cajun or Creole.  The problem is, I can’t eat most shellfish. But you can’t go wrong with catching the same awesome flavor with a Chicken and Andouille sausage gumbo.  This is truly worth the time.  The roux may be a long haul to get to the color you like, but you won’t regret it. This “recipe” made of many other recipes over the years, and I wish I could say where they all came from.  I first learned by looking over gumbopages.com, and I suggest you check it out!  The one addition over the years I never leave out now is File powder.  Serve Gumbo over steamed white rice and enjoy!

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Sausage and Vegetable Roast

Possibly it’s a stretch to call this a recipe, but we loved this – just a tossed-together thing that would be good to clean out the fridge.  Would work with most vegetables, but I think the sweet potato and sausage base made it.  Hot Italian might be really delish.

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Kale, Sausage, and Black Bean Soup

Flavorful, versatile and filling soup using kale, chicken sausage, and black beans. You could easily substitute cannellini or great northern beans if you like, and you would do just as well with spinach as kale. This made approximately 6 servings, plenty of leftovers for lunch! I chose a chicken sausage with spinach and feta for this, but I think a sundried tomato or Italian would also be nice. We really enjoyed it.

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