This delicious, super simple, economical, and healthy recipe is an especially great meal idea for working parents. Just a few simple ingredients, and a few minutes of your time, will create a one-pot meal that cooks all day while you work and will be ready to eat when you return home. The bean and sausage slow cooker meal is a must have recipe for busy families.
The ingredients you will need for your bean and sausage slow cooker meal are somewhat negotiable. You can change out some of the ingredients, depending on your family’s tastes. The basics you will need are: 4 cans of beans (suggestions include black beans, kidney beans, great northern beans, butter beans, and pinto beans), 1 lb of smoked turkey sausage or kielbasa, sliced into thin slices, 1 cup of ketchup, 2 T of spicy mustard, 1 T Worcestershire sauce, 3 cloves minced garlic, and 1 t crushed red pepper flakes. When you are preparing your ingredients, be sure to drain and rinse three of the four cans of beans, and leave one with the juice it was canned in. If you are using black beans, make sure they are one of the cans that you drain and rinse. Before adding red pepper flakes to any dish, be sure to rub them between your fingers to release the delicious oils into your meal. Wash your hands before continuing so that you do not accidentally get the oils into your eyes.
Once you have your ingredients together, just add them all to the slow cooker, stir to combine, and leave it alone. Set your slow cooker to the lowest setting and let the mixture cook for 8-10 hours. If you need your meal to be ready faster, you can always set your slow cooker on high to cook for 4-6 hours.
When you are done cooking your bean and sausage slower cooker meal, remove from the slow cooker and serve as is, or over rice. To make your rice as quick and easy as the slow cooker meal itself, try purchasing pouches of precooked rice which are ready to serve after just 90 seconds in the microwave.
This bean and sausage slow cooker meal is super easy to prepare and the ingredients are very inexpensive to purchase. Additionally, beans are high in fiber and loaded with vitamins and minerals. Turkey sausage is lean, and the addition of fresh garlic gives you some cancer fighting nutrients. If you choose a whole grain rice to serve your dish over, you’ll be getting even greater nutrition. And for simple clean-up, try purchasing some slow cooker liner bags which allow you to just remove the bag and throw it away, and put your slow cooker back in the cabinet without even washing it.
This bean and sausage slow cooker meal recipe is perfect for busy families on a budget. Be creative with your bean choices, try a few new spices in the sauce, and enjoy a simple family dinner tonight.