Thursday, December 22, 2011

WW's Red Beans, Sausage, & Rice Soup with Greens & Warm Turkey Bacon Dressing

So though I haven't posted many OOTD posts I have been cooking a lot more which means another recipe post for you!  And since I am trying to stay mostly on the healthy wagon and maybe even lose a few pounds, I bring you another Weight Watcher's recipe. 

The soup recipe is posted on WW's site as a slow cooker recipe, but after reading reviews I found that many people simply cooked it over the stove top so I thought I would give it a try.  I paired the soup with a healthified restaurant favorite - a salad with warm bacon dressing.

Red Beans, Sausage, & Rice Soup
The following recipe includes changes/additions I made to the original Weight Watcher's post.

1 clove garlic minced
1 medium onion chopped
1 green bell pepper chopped
1 celery stalk chopped
1 can red kidney beans rinsed and drained
2 cans diced tomatoes with green chilis undrained
9 oz andouille sausage cut into bite sized pieces
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp black pepper
5 cups chicken broth
1 cup uncooked rice

Pictures Taken by Luckey
I first add only the onions, pepper, and garlic to the pot.  I cook till the veggies become tender.  I then add everything else (minus the rice and broth) with the cooked veggies.  After everything is together, I pour in the broth.

A little note - while all this is going on, the rice is cooking on the back burner.  I didn't add the rice till the very end because I didn't want it to expand too much and become mushy.  Everything cooked together for about 45 minutes (minus the rice of course). 

As the soup and rice cook, I start on the salad...

Greens with Warm Turkey Bacon Dressing
The following recipe includes changes/additions I made to the original Weight Watcher's post.

1 cup frozen peas thawed
4 cups salad greens
1/2 cup green onions chopped
6 slices turkey bacon
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
black pepper to taste

My son mixed the peas and green onions for me...  Heehee - those are his little fingers in the corner.  He loves helping in the kitchen, and he tends to be a bit more open to new foods if he helped cook it!  So - this salad was really easy.  Basically I top the greens with the peas and green onions.

I cook the turkey bacon and remove it from the pan when it is done.  I chop the bacon and put it back into the pan where I then also add the water, vinegar, lemon juice, and black pepper.  I let it simmer for about 2 - 3 minutes and then immediately spoon the dressing over the greens.

Like I said earlier, I didn't add the rice to the soup till we were ready to eat.  We had a dinner served in multiple bowls that evening.  These were tasty good.  The soup actually had a ton of heat from the combination of the tomatoes with chilis and the sausage.  My son actually would eat about two spoonfuls of the soup and then take a drink of water immediately!  Poor guy.  He seemed to like it though.  The salad was pretty good.  It's not like a restaurant's and I'm guessing that has something to do with the turkey bacon.  But I thought it was still satisfying.

Hope everyone is getting their holiday preparations finished without too much stress!


  1. That looks freaking delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Looks delicious!

  3. Thanks for your comments everyone! I can email you the recipe's (since I'm a WW member). send me an email if you are interested!

    - Justine

  4. Oh my goodness, this looks delicious. I'm definitely going to have to give it a shot!


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