|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 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 posessions 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.)
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.
(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.
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.
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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