make-ahead cajun rice (made in the rice cooker)
I like this recipe because you can do the chopping and sauteing before church (or any 2-3 hour commitment) and it cooks while you're out. Plus it's full of vegetables. Yum.
1. Saute in a pan or cook in the microwave:
1/4 lb polska kielbasa or sausage of your choice, sliced
After the sausage is cooked, cover and refrigerate.
2. Saute in a pan until crisp-tender:
2-3 celery stalks, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
2 carrots, scraped and chopped
2 T olive oil
3. Combine the vegetables with the following ingredients in the rice cooker and set it to cook at the time you desire.
1 1/2 cups vegetable juice (V-8)
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
1 tsp dried onion
1 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp Tabasco (optional)
1 bay leaf
4. When you return home, reheat the sausage and combine the cooked rice/vegetable mixture.