7 Bell Peppers, cut into 1" pieces--I used Green
28 oz. can Crushed Tomatoes
3 Garlic Cloves--minced
1 lb. ground chicken
1 mild Italian Sausage--skin removed
1/2 tsp. oregano
1 Tbsp. dried Parsley
1 Tbsp. Onion Powder
1/2 tsp dried Basil
Dash of Black Pepper (or to taste)
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 Bag Steamfresh frozen Brown rice
Directions: Take the skin off of the sausage and break apart to brown it in a skillet on the stove. Brown the ground chicken with it. Once it's browned, put all ingredients except the rice and parmesan cheese in the crockpot. Cook on low for 6 hours. Add the frozen rice and parmesan and heat until rice is warmed. We were busy yesterday, so it actually stayed on warm for a couple hours after I added the rice and it was still good. The rice didn't get mushy.
-Instead of all of the herbs, I used a Zattarains Dirty Rice Mix.
-I used 2 cups of whole grain brown rice instead of a Steamfresh frozen bag.
-I used a turkey bratwurst instead of Italian Sausage.
When planning to make this I thought that the spice/herb mixture of the Zatarain's came separately from the rice. When I opened the box, though, I realized that it was all mixed together. We love the taste of that Dirty Rice and I had my heart set on that flavor so . . . I tried to strain the seasoning from the rice. I did get some of it but not all so I ended up using some of the herbs listed in the actual recipe.
This is definitely an easy way to make this dish. It took very little effort and had a great flavor. The rice was cooked perfectly and not mushy at all.