Cydney Cooks: Spanish Sausage Supper

    It's finally time for me to share a quick and DELICIOUS family-friendly recipe with my gal pals! This Spanish Sausage Supper is something I've been cooking for years. It's  one of the first dishes I thought I royally screwed up and one of the first dishes that made me love cooking. Funny, isn't it?

    So, first things first, ingredients! You'll need  

  • 1/2 a cup of diced green peppers.
  • 1/4 a cup of chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 pound of fully cooked smoked sausage
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 can (10 oz) of diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • A family sized box, or 2 regular boxes, of Zatarain's Spanish Rice mix
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 can of black beans, drained

    But, if you're anything like me, you love putting your own twists on your favorite meal. I adapted this recipe from my mom, who got it from a website, and I make it a little spicier. If you have kids, I wouldn't recommend these tricks, but for the rest of's the extra oomph you'll need!

    Use half of a green bell pepper. Cut it however you want and slice what you have left into strips. It makes for a great snack! For a spicy kick, add some cayenne pepper to your veggies before tossing them into the skillet (I'll explain later) and buy a pound of hot smoked sausage! You can find it in Wal-Mart and it's made by Hillshire Farms! But here's a warning: make sure you let the hungry people in your house know that the sausage is for dinner. I had to buy two pounds of sausage because my mom snacked on the first one! Disclaimer: I had already told her a few times that I was using that sausage for dinner. She obviously forgot. Right?

    Now that you know my secrets, I'll let everyone in on how to cook this supper. Put yourself a large skillet on the stove. Put it on simmer or low. Drizzle in your tablespoon of vegetable oil. Throw your veggies into that skillet. Saute these until they're tender, you don't want them browned! Now, for the easiest method you'll ever hear me say on this blog, throw everything in the skillet. You heard me! The rest of your ingredients. Toss! them! in! 

    But If you're afraid of making a mess, I'll guide you. Put in the pound of sausage first, then add your rice mix, add in your water, your diced tomatoes, and your black beans. I'm going to warn you, it'll look like a bit of a mess at first. Exhibit A:


    But it still looks delicious, am I right or am I right? 

    Now go ahead, mix it as carefully as you can and then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. You don't have to sit there and stir this. I did it in five minute intervals or so. I had the chance to go out and pick fresh tomatoes from the garden during the last five minutes. When I came back in, it was done! Now this time will depend on your stove, what you're cooking in, if you've added anything extra special. But in less than 30 minutes, you should have a masterpiece that looks a little like this: 


    Let me know if you've tried the recipe, how your family or friends reacted, and what you want to see on the blog next. Fashion? Film? More Food? MORE vulnerability? I love hearing from you ladies!

Cydney Irby

I am a self starter extraordinaire with a knack for empowering people to cultivate their best lives. Cooking is therapeutic for my sanity. I'd rather spend my day on a spontaneous road trip with my best friends than shopping, but Target has my heart. If I'm not at the bookstore with my mom, taking a nap, or on the couch binge watching something with my cat and my boyfriend, I'm probably at the dining room table working.