The recipe that inspired my blog:
Red and Black Beans and Rice:
1 package Red Beans and Rice Mix (I used Tony Chachere's from Dollar Tree)
1 can of black beans drained
1 small onion
2 cloves of garlic
5 slices bacon or 1 package Smoked Sausage (I used Turkey Bacon)
1 tablespoon olive oil (less if using real bacon)
1 tablespoon butter (omit if using real bacon)
Several springs of Fresh Thyme (to taste really)
Pepper (to taste)
Chop bacon and saute in a dutch oven or a large saucepan with enough olive oil to prevent the bacon from sticking. Chop the onion and garlic while the bacon sautes.
Add onion and garlic and saute until translucent. Mince the thyme while the onion and garlic sautes. Add to the bacon, onion, and garlic mixture.
Turn off heat. Add the black beans. Add the Red Beans and Rice Mix according to package directions. Follow package directions for cooking the Red Beans and Rice Mix.
Add some additional fresh thyme if desired and serve.