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Super Simple Sausage & Peppers Supper


Tonight I’m blogging about another family fave, the fact that its quick and easy makes it one of my go-to recipes.  This is such a versatile recipe that its easy to substitute all kinds of different ingredients and come up with different flavours.    Typically I cook this in the oven, however in the warmer months – I use a disposable pan and cook on the top shelf of the barbecue as well.  Today I used potatoes, but you can easily make this using rice as well.   If making this with rice, simply assemble everything together in a skillet and cook until sausage and peppers are done then place 1 cup parboiled rice in the skillet, stirring for a minute and pour 2 cups chicken or veggie broth/stock, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Cooked delicious sausage peppers onion and potato

Enough chatter – lets get to it!

Simple Sausage & Peppers

  • 4 links spicy smoked sausage
  • 2 small white potatoes – cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 orange pepper
  • 4 green onions – diced (or red onion chopped into large pieces)
  • Italian Salad Dressing (or what I use: 1 part EVOO, 1 part Balsamic Vinegar, 2 tsp Italian Seasoning whisked together or mixed)

spicy sausages, onions and peppers with Italian Dressing

Method:

  1. Cut sausage up into bite sized pieces.
  2. Cut peppers into large chunks.
  3. Add sausages, peppers, potatoes (we leave the skin on) & onions into a dutch oven or lasagna pan.
  4. Pour dressing over (use about 1/4 -1/2 cup).
  5. Mix, cover with tinfoil and bake at 400 for about an hour.
  6. Serve & enJOY.

Cooked delicious sausage peppers onion and potato

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Summer’s here – what to eat?


Summer has arrived – whats on your plate?  Summer for our family means eating outside and  lots of quick and easy meals, barbecue,  salads, corn on the cob, fresh veggies and dips and relaxing with a beer relaxing – who wants to make a big meal inside when its beautiful outside?

Whats better than some BBQed chicken for dinner?

BBQ Chicken

How about some BBQ chicken with my homemade BBQ sauce the Joy of BBQ (ok I had to add a little plug there!)    and rice, brussel sprouts (or little green brains – as my kids refer to them)  and a big salad.

Great Tip – if you are barbecuing for a crowd (or your selves) and have bone-in chicken and want to shorten the time on the grill so you can relax or reduce the charring – removed the skin (this will also cut the saturated fat) and boil your chicken on the stove for about 15-20 min – or until the chicken is no longer pink inside, then douse it with sauce and grill – tender and delish!

Need a vegetarian option?  Get some Portebello Mushrooms, brush with EVOO, minced garlic and salt and pepper to taste, and grill – hearty alternative to steak or chicken.

What are your favorite things to add to a salad?

We love Romaine Lettuce, Avocado, Feta Cheese, Berries, and topped with Balsamic Vinegar instead of dressing #YUM!

If you want an alternative to Balsamic Dressing here is a great go to recipe for a quick summer (or winter) salad dressing:

4 tspEVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

1TB Juice – apple, orange or mango are all great

1TB rice vinegar

1/2 tsp cumin (or coriander – whichever one you like)

1/2 tsp dijon mustard

salt & pepper to taste,

1tsp garlic (optional)

whisk together and pour over salad (we like this one over mixed greens, avocado, oranges segments and red onion).

So grab what ever is in the fridge, get out the grill, sit down together and enjoy dinner as a family!  Enjoying time with family and friends makes everything (even your mother-in-laws cooking …(or is that beer?)in any case… taste better!

Happy & Healthy Eating!