Monday, March 13, 2017

Red Beans and Rice Soup with Kielbasa

Sometimes I am at a loss for what to write here!
I am constantly torn between sharing all these great memories and stories that form my world, and trying to protect the privacy of my friends and family.

Blogging is fantastic, it's a platform for thoughts, hints, help, and support.
Sadly though, just like with any public anything, here are people who use this information to the detriment of others.

Starting this post, I had multiple ideas swimming in my brain...but there was no way to tell my tale without some serious identifiers.

If you blog, or use social media, do you worry about the same?

Especially for my girl child. I don't want the world to know more about her than she is willing to share.

I don't think I am being overly paranoid. Sadly.

On a happier note:
Since we are talking about the girl, she was my biggest cheerleader while making this soup.
I had seen it in an edition of Woman's Day and thought it would be a good fit for my family. We had it for dinner, and then again for lunch another day later on.
As we were washing the dishes from the second serving, she asked if I would make this again soon. Anything for my girl!

½ Cup long grain white rice
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
6 oz Beef kielbasa, cut into ¼ inch pieces
1 Large onion, chopped
2 Stalks celery, chopped
1 Large green pepper, chopped
Kosher salt
3 Cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp Creole seasoning
3 Cups chicken broth
1 can (15 ½ oz) Kidney beans
5 Cups kale
1 Cup water

1. Cook rice according to package directions
2. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat
3. Add kielbasa and cook until browned. Transfer to a bowl.
4. Add onion and cook until tender. Add celery, pepper, ½ the salt and cook 3 minutes
5. Add garlic and Creole seasoning. Cook for 1 minute.
6. Return kielbasa, add chicken broth and 1 cup water.
7. Simmer 5 minutes
8. Gently mash half the beans
9. Stir the beans and rice into the soup.
10. Add kale and simmer until tender.



  1. Comfort food at it's best! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope you’re having a great week.

  2. I worry too. I just started a new blog because I was so worried, and felt that this time around I know more and can hide more. it can be hard and scary. This recipe looks super tasty will try it soon!

  3. Hi Jay,
    I am so glad that you wrote about your concerns, I have the same ones and sometimes really don't know which way to go with that. We love Red Beans and Rice and your recipe looks awesome! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  4. I love this soup idea! Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner link up!

    And yes, I too worry about what gets out in the cyberworld. I am very careful not to include anything about friends and family that don't want themselves out there. Sadly though, just about anything about us is accessible to anyone that knows how to retrieve it. I think we just need to be aware and be careful.

    And thank for sharing your wonderful thoughts and ideas! There are more kind and caring people out there than there are trouble makers.

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