A Warm Dinner on a Cold Night

After what was perhaps one of the loveliest falls in recent memory, winter has decidedly settled upon my bustling city. Christmas lights adorn the trees that line the streets, snow fell a few days ago and a thin ice sheen covers part of the river outside our apartment. Evelyn and Mack seem thrilled with this shift in the weather, but I wouldn’t mind the immediate return of summer!

Even though I already miss my flip-flops and short skirts, I do enjoy the feeling of home that accompanies this time of the year. As much fun as we have running errands or attending play dates, there is something rather exciting about coming in from the cold!

My husband works late most nights, and I know when he comes in from the cold tonight he’ll really appreciate this warming slow-cooker meal. The savory flavors and comforting broth are perfect for winter. It really was almost too easy to assemble, and I love that the dishes required to prepare it were cleaned hours ago. My husband and I can relax together on this oh-so-chilly night.

Slow Cooker Sausage and Beans

Olive oil
5 stalks celery, chopped (you can include leaves if you’d like, too)
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound turkey kielbasa (I like the Trader Joe’s brand), cut into rounds
A couple sprigs of fresh sage
1 pound dried Great Northern beans (for more info on why I love dried beans so much, click here)
1 bay leaf
5 cups chicken broth
4 cups water

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add celery, onion and garlic and cook until vegetables soften.

Place cooked vegetables and all remaining ingredients into a slow cooker. Cover. Cook on low setting for 7-8 hours, or until beans are tender. Remove sage and bay leaf. Serve to the ones you love.

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