Quick and Easy Meals: Sausage + Veggie Bowl

Quick and easy meal idea

Who doesn’t love quick and easy meals?  Meals are so hard to plan now that I have an active baby.  I think back to when he was a newborn and how easy it was to set him down and prep dinner.  Now he constantly wants to be held and entertained.  It doesn’t help that I am in the process of weaning and he is even more clingy than usual.  Meal planning was once a fun activity for me and now it causes so much stress.  I swear, every time I plan a meal, it never works out.  Instead of planning, I’ve gotten into the habit of picking up a few staples each week and doing a new adaptation of it each week.  A couple of weeks ago I shared how I use broccoli slaw as a staple.  This week I’ll show you how easy it is to cook with prepackaged chicken sausage.

Chicken sausage easy meal

I see chicken sausage everywhere these days.  There are tons of different brands out there.  Some are pricier than others.  Most of the time I can find a package of 4 sausages for anywhere from $4-6.  My favorite is the Trader Joe’s Andouille sausage.  It doesn’t taste like the real stuff from Louisiana, but it is still pretty good.  BTW- do I blog too much about Trader Joe’s?  I think I am a tad bit obsessed.

Anyway, back to the easy meal.

No recipe is required.  Think of this more like loose directions.

  1. Start with your rice,  cook it and put a little bit into each bowl.
  2. Cook veggies and leafy greens of your choice and add them to the bowl.
  3. Slice some pre-cooked sausage and heat in a skillet over medium high heat, add them to the bowl and you are finished!

If I am feeling really lazy, we will eat the sausage over nothing but brown rice.  This week I roasted butternut squash and kale (400 degrees for 30 minutes), sautéed cut sausage, and served it all over brown rice.  The whole thing took me right around 30 minutes.  I’ve been lazy lately and started buying the pre-cut and bagged butternut squash.  I know it is way cheaper to buy it whole, but I love the convenience of the cut stuff.

How do you use pre-packaged chicken sausage?  Please leave a comment, I’d love more ideas!

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