Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Easy Recipe for Roasted Bell Peppers and Red Onions with Turkey Italian Sausage (and Moving!)

Roasted Red Bell Peppers and Red Onions with Turkey Italian Sausage
An easy and delicious dinner that started with a new turkey sausage product I found at Costco.

It feels ungrateful to complain about how hard it is to move (especially when you're lucky enough to be moving to a wonderful house that you love), but I will confess that days and days of sorting, packing, giving things away, and schlepping stuff to the new house is really giving me a wake-up call about the possessions I've accumulated in 25 years.  It's also reminding me that I'm not as young as I once was, and having a not-still-broken-but-recovering arm is certainly not helping.  Moving is also not something that brings out the desire to cook! I'm in the final stages of packing now, with the big move happening on Saturday, so after I share this easy and delicious recipe for Roasted Bell Peppers and Red Onions with Turkey Italian Sausage I'm going to take about a week off from both my blogs and concentrate on settling into the new house.   (Wish me luck with the hundreds of little details I need to take care of between now and then!)

There's a category on the blog for Easy South Beach Recipes (with five main ingredients or less), and this ultra easy dinner might be my new favorite for that kind of recipe.  It was inspired by a new type of turkey Italian Sausage I found at Costco, but if you can't find that particular sausage, just use what you can find.

I was impressed by the nutritional information for these 5th Street Grill Turkey Italian Sausages, and when we tried them in this recipe, Jake and I both agreed that the flavor was great as well.

I realize it's extra packaging, but I also love how the sausage is divided into small packs of four, which is just the right amount for most recipes.  

Start by cutting the red onion into quarters and then into slices, on the thick side because they shrink when they're roasted.

Cut out the seeds from the bell peppers and cut them into quarters and then into the same type of thick slices.  I thought the mix of red and yellow peppers was pretty, but use any color you prefer.

Toss the peppers and onions with olive oil and then with some Italian seasoning.  (I used Italian Herb Blend from The Spice House.)

Arrange the veggies in a single layer on a baking sheet that you have sprayed with olive oil.

Roast the veggies at 450F/230C for about 10-15 minutes, or until they're starting to look browned. 

After 10-15 minutes, stir the veggies, put them back in to continue roasting, and start browning the sausage in a heavy frying pan brushed with a little olive oil.  The precooked sausage I used just need to be cooked until it's well-browned and heated through (about 10 minutes) but if you start with uncooked turkey Italian sausage, they will need 5-7 minutes more cooking time.

Cook the vegetables until they're nicely browned. (20-25 minutes total cooking time, depending on how done you like them.)  Season the cooked vegetables with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Slice the sausage on the diagonal into thick slices and serve with the roasted vegetables.

Easy Roasted Bell Peppers and Red Onions with Turkey Italian Sausage
(Makes 4-5 servings; recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from a new turkey Italian sausage she found at Costco.)

2 large red onions, cut into quarters and then into thick slices
1 large red bell pepper, seeds removed, cut into quarters and then into thick slices
1 large yellow bell pepper, seeds removed, cut into quarters and then into thick slices
(or use 2 peppers any color you prefer)
1 1/2 T olive oil + enough to brush the frying pan to brown the sausage
2 tsp. Italian Herb seasoning (I used Italian Herb Blend from The Spice House.)
4 or 5 links Turkey Italian Sausage (I used 5th Street Grill precooked Turkey Italian Sausage, but any type of turkey Italian Sausage will work)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450F/230C and spray a large baking sheet with olive oil.  Cut the onions and peppers into quarters, and then into thick slices.  Put the sliced vegetables into a bowl and toss them with the olive oil and then with the Italian herb seasoning.

Arrange vegetables in a single layer on the baking sheet and roast for 10-15 minutes.  After 10-15 minutes, stir the veggies, put them back in the oven and continue roasting.  Meanwhile, brush a frying pan with olive oil, heat to medium, and start to brown the sausage.  The pre-cooked sausage I used only needs to be cooked until it's nicely browned and heated through (about 10 minutes) but if you start with turkey Italian sausage that's not pre-cooked it will need 5-7 minutes longer cooking time.

Roast the vegetables until they are well-browned, about 20-25 minutes total cooking time, depending on how done you like them.  Season vegetables with salt and fresh ground black pepper.  Slice the browned sausage on the diagonal and serve with the vegetables.

This is best freshly cooked, but I reheated some leftovers in a frying pan and they were still pretty good the next day.

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South Beach Suggestions: 
This easy meal is made entirely with low-glycemic ingredients, and as long as you use low-fat turkey Italian sausage, this would be approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet.

Nutritional Information?
I chose the South Beach Diet to manage my weight partly so I wouldn't have to count calories, carbs, points, or fat grams, but if you want nutritional information for a recipe, I recommend entering the recipe into Calorie Count, which will calculate it for you.

More Ideas with Turkey Italian Sausage:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Italian Turkey Meatballs with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil ~ The Perfect Pantry
Roasted winter Squash with Turkey Italian Sausage and Herbs ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Quick and Easy Italian Sausage and Peppers ~ Simple Nourished Living
Easy Brown Rice Casserole with Turkey Italian Sausage and Green Bell Pepper ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Turkey Sausage Sliders with Tomato Basil Relish ~ Cooking by the Seat of My Pants
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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  1. You deserve some time off anyway! Good luck with everything!!!

  2. I hope the move goes smoothly and that you enjoy some time off to settle in. New kitchens inspire new dishes, so can't wait to see what you cook in the new house. Congrats!

  3. Thanks Joanne. Although I would not consider this to be "time off", lol!

    Lydia, I am very excited to cook in the new kitchen after I get settled.

    Thanks Hari!

  4. I love these flavors - so comforting. Good luck with the details and getting orgazined!

  5. You make me wish I liked bell peppers... sigh... looks delicious!

  6. Moving is never fun, and with a houseful of 25 years of stuff--I salute you for all your efforts. :) This sausage and pepper melange looks great! I make a similar dish on the stovetop, with chicken sausage and whatever vegetable jumps out at me when I open the crisper.

  7. Looks delicious. Good luck with the moving. I've been in my house for over 20 years too, but there was a time when I moved three times in one year. I've found color coding the boxes helps.

  8. Just wanted to say best wishes for a trouble free move and thank you for your wonderful recipes! I started SBD (my way/your way-not by the book) again a few weeks ago. Your recipes have made all the difference in the world in sticking with it this time! I know you will need time off to settle, but just know you will be missed and I so look forward to your return and more delicious dishes! Take care Kalyn!! Your food fan, Taya

  9. I love the colors in that dish.
    good for you taking a break while you move - if you don't you will feel even more pressured and guilty.

    we'll still be here when you get back.

  10. Oh, Kalyn, this is my kind of recipe and one you excel in creating--thank you!

    Best of luck on everything with the move! I'm glad you're taking this brief leave from blogging to get done what you need to get done. That week will fly by I'm sure. It is amazing how much stuff we accumulate, even when we think we're being really good about decluttering. ;-) Can't wait to hear from you in your new spot!


  11. Best of luck on your move, Kalyn! Just be sure you write a list of the contents of every single box on the outside. It also helps to put stickies on the walls of each room to tell your movers & helpers exactly where to put things. That way, stuff has a hope of winding up where you want it! (How can you tell we've moved numerous times?)

    The most important thing to know is that it will take a good 3 months to get settled in your new place, so try not to do too much and exhaust yourself!

    Looking forward to some photos of your new kitchen! Judith from Calgary, AB

  12. Thanks everyone for the good wishes on the move. I have been labeling my boxes, but love the idea of labeling the rooms too so people know where to put things. Counting down the days now!

  13. Roasted onions and bell peppers are so comforting. I'm sorry you are going through so much with your arm at the time of move. I have everything goes smoothly and I can't wait to see your new home, if and when you decide to post :)


  14. Good luck with your move! It's seriously the worst isn't it??? Getting rid of stuff, figuring out which stuff to keep, cleaning etc etc!!!

  15. Hi there,

    I have a quick question about "Kalyn's Kitchen!" Could you email me when you have a chance? Thanks so much :)

  16. That looks incredible! YUM. I really need to rejoin Costco. Best wishes for a smooth and easy move, and I cannot wait to see what you come up with in your new surroundings.

  17. Hi Kalyn.....just called my Costo here in Frisco, Tx. and they don't have the sausage. :( but I'm sure I can find something similar. Good luck on your move......I know it's A LOT of work as I moved from San Diego to Texas about 18 months ago. Like you, I had been in my house for a long time, 26 years.

  18. Kiran, will definitely share a few photos of the kitchen.

    Thanks Karen, yes it's pretty awful, lol!

    Kendra, you can contact me using the information in "Contact" at the top.

    Thanks Sarah! Very excited about the house.

    Barb, this would be good with Jenni-O or other brands of uncooked turkey Italian Sausage.

  19. Made this for dinner tonight - it was very good & simple! I was worried my veggies wouldn't be roasted in 25ish minutes but they came out great. I tossed everything together and even threw in a chopped head of brocoli (steamed) that I found in my crisper. Gave it all a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar and we chowed down. This made a ton of food for my hubby & I - yay, leftovers for tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe!

  20. This looks really good Kalyn - and I am trying really hard not to accumulate too much "stuff" these days, but it is not easy!
    cheers, from Donalyn @

  21. Recipe looks delicious! I'll have to use my regular turkey sausage since we don't have Costco in Oklahoma (I'm very jealous of those who have Costco!).

    So glad the big day is almost here! Congrats, and have fun "settling"!

  22. This really sounds like an easy recipe! Love that you serve turkey sausages with roasted veggies. Better than fried or raw! I LOVE the flavor of roasted red bell pepper and onion! Best wishes for your settling in your new home!

  23. Good luck with your move. (I'm sure I'm late with this comment...sorry.)

  24. I made this tonight with a spicy Italian chicken sausage. It was ridiculously easy, and super yummy.


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