Hoppin' John

10 minutes
Prep Time

20 minutes
Cook Time

Number of Servings
What you'll need:
  • 1/2 cup brown rice, instant uncooked
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 3 ounces low-fat smoked turkey sausage ring or patties, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch pieces (lowest fat and sodium available)
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 can black eyed peas (no salt added, rinsed and drained)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt
What to do:

1. Prepare the rice using the package directions, omitting the salt and butter/margarine.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium non-stick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat, swirling to coat the bottom. Cook the sausage for 3 minutes or until richly browned, stirring frequently.

3. Stir in the bell pepper and jalapeño pepper. Cook for 1 minute.

4. Stir in the peas, water, and salt. Cook for 2 minutes, or until the mixture is thickened slightly but some liquid remains. Remove from the heat.

5. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes so the flavors bend. Stir in the rice. Transfer to a serving bowl. Enjoy!