Finally, we also found some quinoa pasta to make a healthy version of macaroni and cheese as a side for the spicy sausage veggie dish. Though Sooper doesn't like quinoa in its purest form, he agreed to give the quinoa pasta a chance. Yeah for Tiny! While we were cooking, we realized we would not need a side, given the heartiness of the dish, so we decided to save it for another meal. Sooper, don't you try to get out of eating quinoa pasta! :)
Now, on to the meaty main course! I consider this to be a "quick" meal or at least my definition of quick meaning minimal prep work with the oven doing most of the work! However, it does take a little over an hour. The combination of the sausages was incredible. We actually ended up liking the cilantro, garlic, and pepper chicken sausage even more then the feta, spinach chicken sausage, but them were both yummy, especially the interesting combination of flavors!
Sausage and Veggie Dish (Serves 4)
1 red bell pepper (sliced)
1 1b. bag of mini carrots
1 large onion (chopped)
4 cloves garlic (chopped)
4 links of sausage (your choice...mix and match any two for unique flavor combinations)
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp Italian seasoning
2 - 2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
Coarse ground black pepper (my fav...more potent than regular black pepper)
4-5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
First, preheat oven to 450 degrees. Chop the onion and garlic. Slice the red bell pepper into strips. Place the onions, garlic, and carrots in a large roasting or baking dish. Combine the oil, Italian seasoning, and chicken broth and pour over the veggie blend in the dish. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes. While the veggies are baking, lightly brown the sausage in a frying pan. Set them aside after they brown and cut each link into four pieces. After 40 minutes, check the veggies to see if they are tender. If so, add the sausage and the balsamic vinegar. Bake for 15 minutes uncovered. Turn sausages and mix the juices and veggies. Bake for 10-15 more minutes uncovered. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes...then, Enjoy!
|Meat in the Middle Meal: Sausage and Veggie Dish|
Berry Salad (Serves 2)
|Salad ingredients...notice our LSU cutting board! :)|
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
2 tsp honey (from the Burg's northshore farm, preferably) :)
Put the greens in a bowl. Slice strawberries. Put a handful each of strawberries, blueberries, and sliced almonds on top of the greens. Add the feta cheese to taste. Blend the vinegar, oil, and honey, and pour the dressing over the salad. Mix well.
Tiny's Oyster Pearl of Wisdom (OPW)...If there is an item/ingredient you really want to try, build a recipe around the item. That way, you can make the desired item your main ingredient and add other ingredients (veggies, seafood, meat, seasoning) to enhance the flavor. The sausage was perfect as the main ingredient in this dish, because the other flavors did not overpower the sausage taste I wanted. Adding veggies to your dish will help you "get your healthy on" and get your daily serving of veggies. Veggies and seasoning provide great additions to any meat or seafood dish. Don't be afraid to try something new and make something you will really enjoy eating!
Happy Tiny's Tasty Thursday!
The Tiny Librarian