Easy Sausage, Potato, and Carrot Stew

Easy Sausage, Potato, and Carrot Stew

If you want an easy, quick, last minute dinner idea, stop right here on this easy sausage stew.  I FREQUENTLY make this for dinner.  And when I say frequently… I mean almost every week.  I keep waiting for my family to revolt and scream out protests of having to eat this dinner one. more. time.  BUT there’s not even ONE sign of disappointment when I whip this out on those just-be-happy-the-house-is-still-standing days. It’s pretty easy to always have the ingredients on hand for this sausage stew.  I’m really loving Al Fresco’s chicken sausage right now.  There’s a wide variety of sweet to spicy flavors along with minimal processing.  I find mine for $4 or less at Winco.  I stock up and throw them in the freezer when I get home.  It’s precooked and easy to add into recipes like my Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup. Also, I buy bulk organic carrots and sweet potatoes at Costco.  I’m slowly being converted to all organic produce because I can TASTE a huge difference.  It’s like having garden fresh fruits and vegetables.  Not to mention skipping out on all the nasty chemicals and pesticides.  Don’t believe me?  Do your own taste test.  Since organic carrots are pretty cheap, start by getting some regular fresh carrots and some organic carrots.  Compare the color, quality, and taste.  You’ll quick understand why I’ve become a believer in organic! Okay, I don’t want to keep you any longer.  If you’re making this recipe, you must be short on time.  BUT thank goodness that doesn’t mean you have to be short on a good dinner.  Here are the spices I use. Print Yum...
Healthy Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana

Healthy Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana

Who doesn’t love The Olive Garden?  Warm bread sticks, salads with tangy dressings, warm pasta and soup = pure yumminess.  When I was pregnant and very, very nauseated, I fell in love with Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana.  It’s perfectly seasoned with a variety of textures and flavors. However, it’s definitely not the healthiest soup.  It has heavy whipping cream, butter, bacon, and who knows what else.  Since I refuse to compromise on flavor and my health, I made a few tweaks (like using coconut milk instead of heavy whipping cream) and created this masterpiece!  Your family (nor your taste-buds) will know the difference. Print Healthy Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana Ingredients 1 lb Turkey or lean ground sausage I prefer the HOT option to make it spicy 1 large onion chopped 4 medium red potatoes washed and thinly sliced into about 1/4 inch slices 2 tsp minced garlic 6 slices of turkey bacon cooked and finely chopped 1 32 oz container of Organic Chicken broth/stock 4 cups water 1 large bunch of kale washed and coarsely chopped 1 cup coconut milk Instructions Brown sausage and onion in large pot. Add chicken broth/stock and water to pot. Bring to boil. Add potatoes, garlic, and turkey bacon. Cook until potatoes are soften about 15 minutes. Add kale and cook for additional 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Add coconut milk. Serve and Enjoy! Love this Olive Garden Copycat?  Try my Ziti Spinach Alfredo.  You won’t know it’s healthy...

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