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New Orleans Red Rice

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I hesitated posting this recipe, my husband advised against it since it wasn't on his top list of favorites. But the fact that the kids commented the next day how much they liked it made me think otherwise. If you find it bland like my husband did, experiment with different spices. I used ground turkey, but feel free to use ground beef or even ground sausage for a real kick.

1 T olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
2 celery ribs, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 cups chicken broth
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups water
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 1/2 cups uncooked rice
2 tsp Tabasco or other hot sauce

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the celery, onion, and bell pepper for about 2 minutes. When partially tender, add the meat and raise the heat to high. Continue cooking to brown the meat and finish cooking the vegetables until tender. Drain any fat from the meat in a colander and return mixture to pan. Add the broth, salt, water, tomatoes, rice, and Tabasco and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, covered, for 40 minutes, or until the rice is tender.

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