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Dine On A Dime: Caribbean Sausage Platter

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The secret to soul food is in its savory taste and unique flavor. But it's the love that went into those recipes that have been passed down for generations that make them special. And with the "Dine on a Dime" meal solutions, Hillshire Farm is passing along the secrets to you. If affordable, tasty meals are your thing, add some flavor to your dinner table with these Hillshire Farm soul food recipes. Start off with tasty Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage and curry rice. Now time to give it some kick: Caribbean Sausage Platter requires jalapeno pepper for maximum flavor! Together with lime juice and curry powder, it's a meal straight from the islands! Ingredients: 1 pkg. Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage Curry Rice 3 cups water 1 cups uncooked long grain white rice 1 tablespoon butter or margarine 2 teaspoons curry powder teaspoon salt Tomato-Banana Salsa 2 tomatoes, seeded, chopped 1 ripe banana, cut into " pieces 1 jalapeo pepper, seeded, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 tablespoon olive oil teaspoon salt Black Beans 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, undrained 1 teaspoon cornstarch 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced teaspoon salt   Directions: Cut sausage on an angle in " slices; set aside.  Combine all rice ingredients in medium saucepan; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand, covered 5 minutes.  Fluff with a fork before serving. Combine salsa ingredients in medium bowl.  Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.  Pour off excess liquid before serving. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.  Add sausage and cook, stirring frequently, about 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove sausage from pan and keep warm. Drain beans, reserving liquid.   Whisk cornstarch and bean liquid until smooth; set aside.  Add olive oil to sausage drippings in skillet; heat over medium heat.  Add garlic; cook and stir 1 minute.  Add beans; cook and stir 3 minutes.  Add bean liquid and salt; cook stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil.  Cook and stir 1 minute. Place cooked rice on large platter; top with beans.  Arrange sausage over beans and top with salsa.
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