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...
Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup

Chicken Sausage and Rice Soup

Although I’m loving the warm weather, I may have shed a tear that soup season is coming to a close.  Wait… was that a tear or are my eyes non-stop watering from allergies?  Either way… I had to squeeze in this chicken sausage and rice soup one last time. When it comes to soup, my husband is pretty picky.  He likes hearty meals and feels most soups are well… girly food.  It’s not that he doesn’t like the taste, he just rarely gets full off of soup.  When he doesn’t like to eat something, he might as well triple-dog-dare me.  Game on, honey, game on. I’ve played around with this recipe a few times.  I found the additional spice from the crushed red pepper to be the cherry on top.  He LOVED it!  Direct quote, “okay, I think you finally made a man’s soup… I’m getting seconds.” A major part of healthy cooking is using quality ingredients.  I can’t emphasize the importance of reading ingredients!  Take two extra seconds, flip the package over, and read what ingredients are actually making up the food your purchasing.  You’ll be surprised what junk is thrown in our foods. I like Pacific Natural broths.  Especially the ‘cage free’ portion on the chicken broth.  Thank you documentary, Food, Inc.  I don’t know if I’m more scarred or informed after watching it.  Either way, I think we all need to open our eyes a little more about what we’re putting in our bodies.  Hence, my ‘reading all ingredients’ rule. Well, get ready for this fulfilling, satisfying, flavorful, rich, and yummy-in-your-tummy chicken sausage soup.  It will be a winner!...
Apple Sausage Stuffing

Apple Sausage Stuffing

Thanksgiving dinner wouldn’t be complete without stuffing.  However, traditional stuffing seemed a little boring to me this year.  I always think of  YOU before creating a new recipe because I want you to be healthy AND enjoy the food you eat.   Well, you’re probably tired of me professing my love for fresh fruits and vegetables.  I can’t help myself!  If juicy, crisp apples are perfect in my Creamy Apple Oatmeal, why wouldn’t they be fabulous in stuffing?  Throw in some crunchy celery, herbs and savory breakfast sausage… and WALLAH!  Fluffy stuffing with apple sausage that might steal the spotlight of your main dish this Thanksgiving.   PrintApple Sausage Stuffing Ingredients1 Tbs coconut or olive oil 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup chopped onions 2 1/2 cups unsalted organic chicken stock 1/4 cup dried parsley 1 tsp thyme 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 12 ounces toasted whole wheat bread cubes 1 lb chicken or turkey breakfast sausage, browned 3 cups finely chopped apple Olive oil cooking spray InstructionsIn a large pot over medium heat, add oil and heat for 1 minute. Add celery and onion. Cook until onion is translucent about 3 to 4 minutes. Add chicken stock, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to boil. Meanwhile, brown sausage and chop apple. Once stock mixture is boiling, add bread crumbs and stir well. Add browned sausage and apples and mix well. Lightly spray 11 x 7 baking dish with olive oil cooking spray. Scoop stuffing in baking dish and spray lightly with cooking spray. Bake stuffing at 350° for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.NotesIf you would like...
Penne with Turkey Sausage and Tomatoes

Penne with Turkey Sausage and Tomatoes

PrintPenne with Turkey Sausage and Tomatoes Ingredients8 oz whole wheat penne pasta 2 tsp olive oil 1 lb mild or hot Italian turkey sausage 1 small onion, diced 1 tsp minced garlic 1 lb tomatoes, finely chopped including seeds 2 handfuls of fresh spinach 1 tsp dried oregano 1/4 tsp pepper 1 Tbs feta cheeseInstructionsCook pasta according to package directions. Drain well. Meanwhile in a large skillet, heat 1 tsp olive oil over medium heat. Squeeze sausage out of casing directly into skillet, breaking up any large pieces with spoon. Cook until brown. Transfer to plate. Add remaining 1 tsp to skillet. Cook onions and garlic for about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, oregano, pepper, and sausage. Increase heat to bring to simmer. Reduce heat and allowed to simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes. Add spinach and only cook until spinach is slightly wilted. Remove from heat. Add pasta to sausage mixture and stir well. After dishing up appropriate serving size to plate, sprinkle with feta cheese and additional oregano, if desired. Serve and...
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. PrintHealthy Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana Ingredients1 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 milkInstructionsBrown 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! 3.1http://www.nodietsallowed.com/healthy-olive-garden-copycat-zuppa-toscana/ Love this Olive Garden Copycat?  Try my Ziti Spinach Alfredo.  You won’t know it’s healthy...

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