Turkey and cannelini beans

I always forget how long brown rice takes to cook. If I were to make this again I would start the rice (combine 1 cup brown rice, 2.5 cups water, 1 Tbsp butter and pinch of salt in microwave safe casserole, microwave at full power for 5 minutes and then ~40 minutes at 1/2 power) and then watch whatever 30 minute TV program caught my fancy. The rest of the recipe comes together fairly quickly.

Heat ~1 Tbsp oil in a large skillet. What kind of oil? Well I used canola however olive oil would work fine as would anything else. Well maybe not sesame unless you like that sort of thing. Chop an onion; doesn’t particularly matter whether it’s fine or course or even sliced. You’re cooking for yourself so cut it up however you like. Toss chopped onion in heated pot, stir to coat with oil and allow to cook over medium heat. Add a bit of salt + pepper (I tend to season each element as I go). When onions are almost translucent add 2 cloves crushed garlic. Stir it about, mixing it with the onions. Cook for about a minute.

Push the onions/garlic to the side, turn the heat up to medium-high and add 1 lb. ground turkey. Season with salt/pepper. Break up large clumps of meat and cook. When mostly done add 1 15.5oz can of cannelini beans (I use Goya) and 1 small can (5.5oz I think) of Spicy Hot V8 juice. Stir it all together; be sure to get the onions/garlic from the sides.

At this point I also added an assortment of seasonings, including but not limited to: ground chipotle pepper, shallot-pepper, ground rosemary and sweet paprika. How much you ask? An excellent question to which I have no answer. Well I have an answer however it’s something like 3 shakes, 4 shakes, 2 shakes and some. {shrug} Add some seasoning, taste it, add more if it isn’t quite what you want.

Allow the liquid to come to a boil, turn the heat down to medium-low and cover. Cook for 5-10 minutes, long enough to heat the beans through and finish cooking the turkey. Taste, adjust salt/pepper and turn off the heat.

Hopefully the rice is fully cooked by now. 🙂 Put some rice in a bowl, top with bean-turkey mixture, add a couple of dashes of Tabasco. Consume with a tasty beverage, beer in my case.

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