We’re busy. School, work, chores, art class, swim, homework. But a family’s gotta eat, and healthy food helps a family grow strong, keeps the energy levels steady, so we can keep up with our routines.
I’d like to share a handful of quick, healthy recipes that the whole family can help prepare, eat and enjoy together.
We’ll call it the Easy, Healthy Family Recipe Series
Sausage and Rice
1 onion, chopped (we love red onions)
1 pepper, chopped
1-2 crushed garlic cloves
5-6 sausage links, but into small pieces. (we buy the sun dried tomato chicken sausage from Trader Joes)
green leafy veg like spinach, swiss chard, beet greens (we use kale) The amount is to your taste, but chop it up.
brown rice (or whatever rice the family prefers), olive oil, salt
Set your rice to cook according to your rice package’s directions. I add a tablespoon of oil or butter to my rice and a 2 teaspoons of salt. We use a rice cooker. The rice cooker we own has an awesome steam tray that fits above the cooking rice. We usually add broccoli or carrots or beets to the steam tray for a side. I love the rice cooker because you set it up and it turns itself off when it’s finished, keeps the rice warm and fluffy until you’re ready to eat.
In a large pan, heat the oil on medium high. After the oil heats for about 5 minutes, add chopped onion and peppers. Sauté until vegetables become soft and somewhat translucent. Add and mix in crushed garlic. Add the cut up pieces of sausage. Let this mixture sauté, stirred occasionally, until the sausage is cooked through. Add the chopped greens, mix and cook until the greens become a little wilty.
Serve the sausage on a bed of rice with a side of veggies.
My kids will eat everything here but prefer the rice and sausage separate on their plates.
Sometimes, we’ll have leftover sausage mix. I’ll add it to my eggs the morning after we have it for dinner. Tastes great in a quiche.