One-Handed Slow Cooker Sausage and Potato Casserole

 I can literally make this with one hand tied behind my back. . . . . . or in a sling. . . . .

As you know, if you read my blog yesterday, I broke my right hand a little over a week ago.

It has been challenging.  There are some things that I can do one-handed~~~
unload the dishwasher
reload the dishwasher
throw clothes into the washer and dryer
clean the toilet
and make some food items.

I was afraid that I wasn't going to be able to create and share recipes while my hand is broken, and there probably won't be many. . . . . . but here's one for now.

Truthfully, it looks like cowboy food.  I was worried about the potatoes getting done because potatoes can be so iffy about whether they'll be thoroughly cooked in a casserole or crockpot.  Soooooo, this actually ended up looking like
"cowboy food"
But, it was still pretty darn yummy.

It's so simple I was able to do it one-handed in 20 minutes, which means you could do it in 10.
Unless of course you feel up to a challenge and would like to try your hand at one-handed cooking as well.  If you do try it one-handed, be sure to let us know how it goes.

I even have the added disadvantage of my only working hand being my weak, normally useless hand.  Until now, my left side of my body has just been the somewhat awkward. . . . . . . . .oh, who am I kidding. . . . . .EXTREMELY awkward mirror image of the right side of my body.   So believe me, if I can make this, YOU can make this.

I did have help with one thing.  My son opened my can of black beans before he left for school.  I just put them in a container in the fridge until I needed them.  I didn't want them to be in the crockpot all day and get too mushy.

What I used:
4 medium sized russet potatoes, scrubbed and cubed into whatever shape and size you can get with one hand
drizzle of olive oil
1 (13 oz.) package of lean turkey polska kielbasa, sliced
enough beef broth to just cover bottom of slow cooker
1 Tablespoon of garlic powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon paprika (I always just shake some out)
1 (12 oz.) package frozen cheesy broccoli
1 red onion, sliced in half
1 (15 oz.) can of reduced sodium black beans

What I did:
Place cubed potatoes in crockpot.
Pour beef broth just in bottom 1/4 - 1/2 inch of crockpot ~~ obviously it's easier for me to not measure right now~~the quart of broth was still almost full, so it doesn't take much.
Drizzle the olive oil over the potatoes and shake on the garlic powder and paprika.
Give it a little stir to combine.
 Toss in sliced turkey sausage and stir again.
Add the frozen broccoli and stir to combine as well as possible with only one hand.
You could probably wait until halfway through to add the broccoli, as ours was barely discernible by the end. . . . . . . . . . unless of course you're trying to hide it.

Lay the cut red onion on top.
Cook on low for 8 - 10 hours.  I cooked mine on high for 4 hours and then turned it to low.  It probably would have been fine on low all day.  I also added a little beef broth if it ever started to look too dry.

Add the black beans about a half hour to an hour before you plan to eat.

One-handed tips:
Use kitchen shears to get into your packaging.
Harder pre-cooked rope sausages are easier to cut with one hand than other types of sausage.

Onions are hard to cut one-handed.  Do what you can do.  That's why mine was only halved.

To scrub the potatoes, put them in a strainer or colander in your sink.  They don't move around as much.

Do you use your crockpot often?

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  1. Looks like some good comfort food. I love the turkey kiebalsa, such a great healthier choice. Thanks for sharing with #foodpornthursdays.

    1. Thanks for hosting! It's almost that time of year for a lot of comfort food!


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