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   Spicy Ham with Red Beans and Rice

Menu Plan for the week of Oct. 18, 2013: Day 5 Recipes

Spicy Ham and Red Beans
Brown Rice

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      Not quite 'Red Beans and Rice' but close.

Spicy Ham and Red Beans on Brown Rice     Preparation and cooking time: 30 minutes
    You can add jalapeños or other hotter peppers if you like; or finish it with Tabasco or other hot sauce.  

1 onion
4 cloves garlic
1 rib celery
1/2 green pepper 
1 tbs olive oil
15oz (450gr) whole or crushed tomatoes
8oz (240gr) ham  either type, a thick slice
15oz, 450gr red kidney beans
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
4oz (120gr) chopped green chilies
1 tbs chili powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
anything else you would like to add to make it hotter - jalapeños, red pepper flakes?
Brown Rice
1/2 cup quick-cooking brown rice
1 cup (8oz, 240ml) beef stock or whatever your rice calls for
1/2 tsp dried oregano

Chop onions, celery and pepper.  Finely chop garlic.  Heat oil in large, nonstick skillet over medium heat.   Add chili powder and sauté 1 minute.  Add onions, celery, pepper, garlic and sauté 7 - 8 minutes. Trim ham and cut into bite-size pieces.  Add ham and sauté briefly.  Drain and rinse the beans.   Drain the tomatoes then roughly chop.  Add beans, tomatoes, juices, Worcestershire, and herbs.  Cover and simmer over low heat for 15 minutes.  Add green chilies and simmer 5 minutes more.  Taste and add anything you like to make it hotter.
Rice:  Cook rice according to package instructions adding the herbs with the stock. Fluff when done
To serve: Spoon Ham and Beans over rice.  

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet with lid, small saucepan with lid
Start to cook rice
Chop onions, garlic, celery, pepper
Heat oil in skillet, sauté chili powder
Add onion, garlic, celery, pepper, sauté
Cut ham
Chop tomatoes

Drain beans, rinse
Add ham to vegetables, sauté
Add remaining ingredients (except chilis)
Cover, reduce heat, simmer
     Pause while it all cooks
Add chilis
Mind the rice
Taste ham/beans, adjust heat (adding whatever)
Fluff rice,
Spoon ham and beans on rice and serve

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