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...
Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie

Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie

“Mom, what’s for dinner?  Honey, what’s for dinner?  Self, what are we going to have for dinner?!?!”  On some days, this question can feel like a 50 lbs bag of stress.  Hopefully by now, you know I get you.  Although I love cooking (mostly eating), somedays I’m too tired and just don’t want to cook.  Take a deep breath with me and get ready for this ridiculously gorgeous, this-is-2015 healthy Shepard’s Pie casserole.  Pst… you can even double the batch and freeze one to eat on another crazy, busy, hectic day.     I have a problem.  I’m seriously addicted.  I love LOVE the bright, beautiful colors and flavors of vegetables.   Especially organic vegetables.  I know, I know, I’ve mentioned it before but I can totally taste the difference.  I was instantly converted when I had a horrible, chemical aftertaste when eating a carrot one day.  I only buy organic carrots from now on.   Costco makes it pretty easy to have large bags of frozen organic vegetables on hand.  Next trip, just stock up on organic frozen peas, frozen sweet corn, and a large bag of organic carrots.  I have plenty of go-to recipes that call for these tasty veggies.  Stick with me and I promise they won’t go to waste.       Just to make it even easier for you, here are ingredients I use.  My kitchen would feel naked without my large container of spices.  They last a long time (and store great) even though I’m using them constantly.  Spices punch out the natural flavors of the vegetables.  And it’s a much healthier option than to throw...
Creamy Potato Soup

Creamy Potato Soup

When the weather is cold, it’s time to whip out the comfort food.  Creamy, cheesy, and flavorful soups always hit the spot for me.  AND isn’t it a must that potatoes be involved?  Well, you’re going to fall head-over-heels for this Creamy Potato Soup that I originally shared on Pretty Providence.  Can I let you in on a little secret?  It’s healthy too!  Your eyes might be surprised at some of the ingredients, but your mouth will thank you for making it.     Many people think ‘coconut milk‘ is some exotic ingredient, BUT you’ll find it right next to regular milk in the grocery dairy section.  It’s high is GOOD fats and a great substitute for heavy whipping cream.  It also does not taste ‘coconuty’.  It’s really rich and creamy and you won’t be able to tell a difference.  Trust me, I’m looking out for your tastebuds and health!   Print Creamy Potato Soup Ingredients 32 oz natural or organic chicken broth 1 medium sweet onion diced 4 large potatoes peeled and diced 1 head of cauliflower washed and cut into florets 1 cup original coconut milk 3 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper Instructions In a large pot, bring chicken broth to boil. Add onion, potatoes, and cauliflower. Cover and reduce heat but keep broth boiling. Boil for 20 to 25 minutes until potatoes and cauliflower are soft. Pour contents into a Vitamix blender and blend on high until smooth. Return to pot. Add coconut milk, cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir until cheese has melted. Serve warm and...
Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

Roasted Breakfast Potatoes

There are few things better than having baked and crispy breakfast potatoes in the morning (well, maybe my breakfast quiches).  Crunchy on the outside.  Soft on the inside.  As if that’s not mouth-watering enough, I tossed in a sweet potato and syrupy chicken breakfast sausage with garlic salt and curry powder.     Curry powder?  Don’t judge these delectable potatoes by their ingredients!  You’ll be surprised how curry powder accentuates sweet and salty flavors.  The curry taste is very mild but complimentary.  You’ve got to try it.     I love my CorningWare.   It bakes evenly, makes cleaning up easier, and looks nice when serving to guests.  If you’re looking for a Christmas present for your mom, mother-in-law, or anyone who enjoys baking, this would be a great idea!  I use mine frequently and love it.  I might not be disappointed if my husband got me another one… hint, hint honey.   . Print Roasted Breakfast Potatoes Ingredients 1 lb chicken or turkey breakfast sausage browned (optional) 1 medium sweet potato or yam peeled and diced 4 large red potatoes washed and diced Olive oil cooking spray 1 tsp garlic salt 1 tsp curry powder Dried parsley for garnishing Instructions Preheat oven to 425 F. Meanwhile, brown sausage and dice potatoes. Prepare 13 x 9 x 2 inches baking pan by spraying with olive oil cooking spray. Add diced potatoes and cooked sausage. Spray lightly with oil and evenly sprinkle garlic salt and curry powder. Toss to coat. Lightly spray again with cooking spray. Bake for 25 minutes (total baking time will be 45 minutes) and then remove from oven...
Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Nurses sometimes forget what is and isn’t appropriate to talk about while eating.  At work, we can talk easily about all sorts of gruesome and disgusting details while enjoying our lunch.  However, I’ve learned my morbid and nasty stories are not as welcomed in normal dining circumstances.  Shocking, right?   So, I’m going to let you peacefully eat these creamy mashed potatoes with your eyes before I talk with you about something a little uncomfortable and unpleasant.  You’ll want to keep reading because ‘it’ starts shortly after birth at a 3% rate,  exceeds 50% by the age 50, and reaches over 90% by the age 80. So, most likely you, your spouse or child are being affected.   Thanksgiving and Christmas would not be the same without this traditional dish.  I’m pretty sure creamy mashed potatoes were on the menu for the first Thanksgiving feast.  Since your Thanksgiving feast must be complete, here’s some mashed potatoes for you with a healthy tweak.  You might be surprised by some of the ingredients, but trust me…. these mashed potatoes are fluffy, cheesy, creamy and oh so tasty.   Print Creamy Mashed Potatoes Ingredients 6 large red potatoes washed and cut into 1 inch chunks (you can peel them all, if you prefer no skin) 1 head of cauliflower cut into florets 1 cup plain yogurt 1 cup shredded cheese my favorite is Colby Jack 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper Dried parsley for garnishing Instructions In a large pot, bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Add potato chunks and cauliflower florets into boiling water. Boil for 25 to 30...

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