This Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage Chicken Cassoulet is the perfect comfort food when you need it the most.
So, we had a bit of a disaster last weekend. With the frigid temperatures dropping to zero degrees overnight, a pipe burst in our house and our entire basement and one of our first floor rooms was completely flooded. The water damage was so extensive that the kitchen floor that lies above the basement pipes completely buckled. It happens also to be exactly the spot that I stand in everyday to prep and cook, right in between my stove and the kitchen island.
The unfortunate thing is that the closet in our first floor room housed the majority of my cookbooks :(. Needless to say, I’m really bummed that so many of my cookbooks were ruined, including a treasured cookbook written by my 93-year old aunt, Florence Lin.
Water was literally pouring through our ceilings like buckets and there was nothing we could do to stop it. Then, the carbon monoxide detectors were blaring for hours when they were set off by the crew that came to pump out all the water.
The funny thing is I was actually really calm through all this chaos, which completely dumbfounded my husband and my kids. I’m usually the one who looks at the glass half empty and he, the glass half full.
Instead, I said, “Well, this is the perfect time to clean up all our clutter.” We had a few treasures like baby photos that we found in the rummage, but for the most part, there was nothing that couldn’t be replaced. If anything, there were so many things that we should have gone through long ago and tossed.
Our entire first floor room, including a bathroom and closet have been ripped apart and will need to be rebuilt, hardwood floors and carpets will have to be replaced, and we may have to move out of our house for a short period of time during the repairs. Although the months ahead will be disruptive, I am grateful that we still have a home with heat, hot water, clothes on our back and food on the table.
Recently, I’ve been reading about how to cope with stress, including a coping technique called Reframing or Creating a Positive Mindset. What a timely read! By turning the situation upside down and looking at our mess in a positive light, I can honestly say that I am far less stressed out than I normally would have been.
So, what’s one to do when disaster strikes? Comfort yourself and your family by making this Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage Chicken Cassoulet. You’ll want to cuddle up on the sofa with a big warm blanket after eating this. No worries…be happy :).
Today, I’m participating in Food Network’s Comfort Food Feast. Please be sure to check out what my fellow foodie friends made:
The Heritage Cook: Tex-Mex Arroz con Pollo (Gluten-Free)
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Smoked Sausage Chicken Cassoulet
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Cheesy Butternut Squash Enchiladas
Dishin & Dishes: Black Bean Enchilada Pie
Weelicious: Chicken Wild Rice Casserole
Dishing with Divya: Chicken Mushroom and Black Bean Tortilla Casserole
Taste With The Eyes: Paella Rice with Baby Octopus & Meyer Lemon
Blue Apron: 11 Super Casserole Recipes for a Super Bowl Feast
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Pork Chop Casserole with Crimini Mushrooms
Red or Green: Stacked Cheese Enchiladas with New Mexican Red Chile Sauce
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Chicken and Rice Casserole
The Sensitive Epicure: Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole (Gluten-Free)
Domesticate Me: Mushroom, White Bean and Brown Rice Casserole with Bacon and Gruyere
Daily*Dishin: Chicken Tetrazzini Casserole
FN Dish: The New Age of Casseroles
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 small onions, chopped
- 1 carrot, cut up
- 1 celery stalk, chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups diced tomatoes
- 1-2 carrots, cut up
- 3 cups cannellini beans, cooked
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
- ¼ pound organic chicken andouille sausage, cut into ½ inch pieces
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
- Heat oil in a large pot. Add onion, carrot, celery, thyme, rosemary and garlic; saute 2-3 minutes until onions are translucent. Add tomatoes, beans, chicken, sausage, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and place in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.