Allergies, Intolerance & Fat Tuesday!

I seem to be cooking the same meals over and over. I am choosing easier meals and the ones that please the crowd lately. But, it is getting dull. Meal planning and cooking is one area the can get mundane and dreadful when cooking around allergies since food allergies have not been with us all our lives. This past week hubbie has noticed gluten and all of dairy (not just lactose) are causing him all sort of issues so we have now taken those ingredients out of the family meals. It is not hard to do but I don’t have the simple chicken and pasta dinner to fall back on when he is home. Plus, I think we take the fun out of going out due to the very limited options to grab dinner and well we are not easy by any means to cook for to enjoy dinner at a friends…I wonder if we will scare any off? I doubt it, we keep a tight, close group and I know they are not going anywhere and I have no issue taking a lunchbox to any event or restaurant when we go out with our friends. Sometimes, I just long for the says meal planning only consisted of what sounded good and not a food allergy obstacle course. I digress….

Tomorrow is Mardi Gras! Since the hubbie had a trip this week we had our Mardi Gras dinner over the weekend. It was fabulous and came with lots of good heat! So if you need a meal for Fat Tuesday here you go, it’s quick and simple and could totally go in the crock pot!

red beans and riceRed Beans and Rice

Cook 2 cups rice

Cook sausage: I use Aidells Andouille Cajun Sausage (I do not eat it but once or twice a year and no huge side effects.)

In a saucepan sauté 1 Tablespoon garlic, 1 onion, diced over med heat until tender.

Add 2 cups chicken broth, 1 t dried thyme, 1 bay leaf and hot sauce (any amount you like), then add 2 cans organic red kidney beans and bring to a boil.

Add cooked sausage, cover and reduce heat to med/low simmering for 10 minutes. Uncover pot, mash beans with the spoon or potato masher and simmer for another 10 minutes, uncovered. Remove bay leaf and serve over rice.

Add more hot sauce if desired. Serves 3-4, just double recipe if needed.

ENJOY! Laissez les bons temps rouler



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One Comment on “Allergies, Intolerance & Fat Tuesday!”

  1. Clarissa
    February 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm #

    I am totally going to make my mom try this so that my brother, who has a corn allergy, can enjoy something all 5 of us kids lovehas

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