Christmas is almost upon us .. (did I really say that?!?) and if you’ve got way too many last minute errands to do then this dish is a life saver. Ok, maybe not a lifesaver, but it takes a load off of whats-for-dinner problems. Just throw this little jewel in the crockpot, go attack the day, and then 4-5 hours later boil some rice and open a bag-o-salad and you’re set. I usually end up with left-overs so I freeze the rest. Which, I might add, does freeze well.
3-Beans and Sausage Stew
1 1/2 lbs smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces
16 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
15 1/2 oz can great northern beans, rinsed and drained
15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup water
8 oz. tomato sauce
2/3 cup chopped celery
1 tsp chicken bouillon granules
1 tsp minced garlic (you can use garlic powder in a pinch)
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried oregano, optional
1/4 tsp dried thyme, optional
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours, or until heated through. Discard bay leaf. Serve over rice. Makes about 8 servings.
Enjoy and relax!