I consider myself a make-it-from-scratch kind of cook. But in truth, a few of our favorite family meals come from boxes or cans. Nothing beats crockpot roast beef sprinkled with Lipton French Onion soup. In my family’s collective opinion, homemade spaghetti sauce doesn’t hold a candle to Hunt’s Garlic and Herb sauce from the can.

One of Hiram’s all time favorite meals uses Uncle Ben’s Rice, which makes us both happy since this recipe takes barely 45 minutes from start to finish. If you’re looking for an easy throw together meal this winter, it’s a good one.

Uncle Ben’s Rice and Sausage Skillet Meal

1 pound sausage                                        1 box Uncle Ben’s Long Grain & Wild Rice
2 cups celery, chopped                              1 cup onion, chopped

Brown sausage in frying pan. Drain off grease. Add chopped vegetables. Add water, rice and seasoning packet, according to directions on the box. Bring to boil, turn down heat and put lid on pan. Cook for 25 minutes and serve.

You can add more or fewer onions or substitute any other vegetables your family likes. This recipe is very forgiving!