Slow cooker red beans and rice

Enjoy your favorite southern dishes without the guilt.

Nutrition is in and everyone is searching for healthier alternatives to the food they love so much. Well, search no further because here is a healthy spin on a classic Soul Food dish that is sure to make your mouth water: slow cooker red beans and rice! Not only is this recipe packed with protein, as recommended by the United State Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate, this recipe is only 407 calories of goodness. Talk about comfort food!

Ingredients:

1 pound dried red beans

3/4 pound smoked turkey sausage, thinly sliced

3 celery ribs, chopped

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 sweet onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon Creole seasoning

Hot cooked long-grain rice

Hot sauce (optional)

Garnish: finely chopped green onions, finely chopped red onion
Instructions:

1. Combine first 8 ingredients and 7 cups water in a 4-qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 7 hours or until beans are tender.

2. Serve red bean mixture with hot cooked rice, and, if desired, hot sauce. Garnish, if desired.

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