Sunday, May 1

Veggie Sausage Rice Skillet

Yeah its been awhile since I have been here. BUT. I am here now and have a great new recipe to share with you. I made this easy skillet one pot (sort of) thing for dinner tonight. It was locus descended upon my kitchen table. Usually that means:

a) I should make this again, 
b) it tastes good, 
c) my two little guys are in the middle of a growth spurt, 
d) all of the above.... 
ding the correct answer is D

So I have two growing boys, and a husband who doesn't really care for sandwiches. He says they aren't really filling. We had sandwiches for lunch which meant dinner needed to fast, filling, and easy enough for my toddler to eat it. Its amazing how much food is difficult for him because the texture even though he has most of his baby teeth now. I still do some purees with him but most of the time I try to just make cut what we are eating into tiny bites. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. Hello parenting. Tough stuff.  

After 7+ long months of being absent from new recipes, I had to share this one. This one saved my evening. I have been making my top 5 of my favorites over and over again. Repetition is one of the keys I found to surviving having a newborn and teething not sleeping adorable baby. Here are some links to my favorites. You def should try these. 

Black Refried Beans (from scratch),

After all that.... here's a lifesaver recipe. Super easy to follow. Super easy to make. Tons of healthy veg cleverly hid under a ton of cheese. Great for kids and tired parents :) Enjoy.

Veggie Sausage Rice Skillet 

Serves 4-6  Total time 20-25 minutes
recipe adapted from hillshire farm magazine advertisement

1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
small can of tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1 zucchini, diced
2 & 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 pkg of frozen broccoli, defrosted or not (if you forget)
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 & 1/2 pkg of beef smoked sausage, diagonally sliced
3 cups of white or brown rice cooked

Easy 5 Step Directions:
1. Heat the olive oil and garlic in a deep skillet. Over medium heat brown the sausage and flip and brown the other side. Took about 5 minutes. 

2. Use some leftover cooked rice, or start some rice in a separate pot - cook as package directs. I usually do 1& 1/2 cups of uncooked rice and 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, and cover. 

3. While rice is cooking, add into the skillet everything else not the list except for the cheese.  Bring the skillet up to medium heat. Simmer for approx 10 minutes until veggies are tender crisp. 

4. I thought it was easiest to pour the veggie mixture into a bowl and scoop the rice into the skillet. Then pour the veggie sausage mixture back in, topping the rice. At this point my rice was almost done but needed a few minutes. I left the skillet on medium low for 5 more minutes and it let the liquid absorb. Worked awesome. 

5. Sprinkle the cheese over the entire skillet and serve it when the cheese is melted.   

That's all folks
Take it easy