Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Weeknight lovin' pt. 2- Why everything should be made in one pot

I am a brown bagger.  Well, technically speaking, I'm a 'zip-lock bagger', since I always pack my lunch in the same old freezer bag.  (Far more leak proof, don't-cha know?)  The soup du jour is pretty much always leftovers, most of the time they're decent enough, but every once and a while they leave the whole office greedily sniffing the air and asking hopefully, "did you get that from around here?"

Of course I have to shatter their dreams of a fragrant lunch when I tell them that it's just my leftovers.  (Although I always offer the consolation prize: the recipe.)

At any rate, this dish I'm about to share is one of the aforementioned leftovers that left my coworkers with lunch envy.

It's something along the lines of a gumbo, but with more of a Mexican flair.  It's bursting with flavor, and when served over brown rice, it makes a hearty and satisfying weeknight meal.

Chicken Sausage Stew

1 tbsp olive oil
2 jalapeno chicken sausages, cut into 1/4in half moons
1 medium onion, sliced into 1/2in half moons
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Serrano pepper, finely chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
2 tsp fresh thyme
2 cups kidney beans
1 cup sliced bell pepper
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
kosher salt
freshly ground pepper

1.  In a large heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, heat the oil over medium heat and brown the sausage.  Once the sausage is browned, remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.  In the same oil, add the onions, salt and pepper, and cook until slightly softened and translucent.  Add the garlic and Serrano, and cook until fragrant, about one more minute.
2.  Add the diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, coriander, and thyme.  Stir to combine and let simmer for 10 minutes.  Add the beans and peppers and continue to simmer until peppers are softened, about 15 minutes.  Add the lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.  Serve over white or brown rice.  Garnish with avocado if desired.  (I really recommend it).


  1. sounds delicious! i love those one pot meals!

    1. Thanks! I love their simplicity, and Mr. G loves the clean-up.

  2. Mr. GreenhorngourmandeApril 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Congratulations on 5000 views!

    1. Thanks for all the dishes you've done to get me to this point :)

  3. 5000!!!! shit!!! I gotta step it up

    1. indeed. I think we're going to really celebrate when I get to over 9000. (ala "IT'S OVER 9000!!!!)


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