Category: Sausage


One of my sons is sensitive to dairy, and let’s face it, we can all benefit from scaling way back on dairy consumption.   I looked over my blog history, and I’m as guilty as anyone as using cheese as a go to for flavor and creaminess.  Tonight’s dinner was an experiment in a noodle dish with no dairy.  It was a huge success!  The addition of pumpkin in the recipe makes this the perfect time of year to try this dish, since you may have some left after making your pie.  Plus, it’s on sale everywhere.

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1 lb. pasta (I used cavatappi)

10-12 fully cooked sausage links (I used chicken hot dogs because so many sausages have cheese in them)

1 tsp. salt

1 large sweet onion, chopped

2 Tbsp. oil (I used sunflower/avocado blend) although sunflower is not recommended on the anti-inflammatory diet.  I’m just using up what I had on hand before I found that out!

2 Tbsp. bacon jam

1 Tbsp. ginger preserves

1 Tbsp. garlic

1 container Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese

1/3 package Daiya mozzarella shreds

1 C. pumpkin

Chopped moringa to garnish.  (we grow moringa in the garden, but any green will do, even green onions.)

Heat oil in dutch oven and cook onions and sausage with salt added until onions are softened.  Low and slow works.  Put water on to cook your noodles.

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Add in bacon jam and ginger preserves.  Cook 5 minutes more.

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Add in cream cheese and mozzarella shreds.  Stir until melted.  Add in pumpkin.

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Stir in cooked noodles.  Serve topped with the moringa or other green.

Optional add ins:  Mushrooms, Cabbage, Parsnips, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Beans, etc.!  This would be a great way to use up leftovers.

You could also put this in a baking dish and top with Panko bread crumbs and bake it.

We loved this.  I can’t wait to try it with pesto instead of the bacon jam and ginger preserves.  Lots of variations will work.  I also think that the cheddar shreds will make a great sauce.

 

 

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I am avoiding nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, white potatoes) as part of a diet geared toward reducing inflammation and pain from my psoriatic arthritis.  I know that I should also limit dairy, gluten, and processed foods, but I’ve had such great results already, I know nightshades are the real enemy.  Besides, I love chicken apple sausage and thought I’d see if it has an impact.  It  has only been a little over a week, and already I know without a doubt that the nightshades are no longer for me.  My pain decreased almost immediately, even though the information on pain management websites indicated it could take a while.  I used to take ibuprofen every day and night to manage my pain.  Since starting this experiment a little over a week ago, I have only taken it twice.  Both times  I had “cheated” and had tomato.  Absolutely not worth it.  I’m sold on eliminating nightshades.  An added bonus is that my psoriasis outbreak is going away.  On top of that, I feel more energetic and younger!  Tonight’s dinner was delicious, albeit a bit sweet from the sausage.  Adding hot sauce, pepper flakes, or cheese would likely take it to another level, but the kids liked it sweet!

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3 packages al fresco chicken apple sausage

1 large sweet onion, chopped

2 small zucchini, cubed

2 small yelow squash, cubed

3 Tbsp. oil

2 Tbsp. sherry

3 Tbsp. pesto sauce

1 can garbanzo beans, drained

1/4 c. seasoned breadcrumbs

2 boxes orzo, cooked according to directions

  1. Cut up sausage and veggies.  Toss with oil and cook over medium low heat, stirring regularly in large skillet until vegetables are softened and beginning to caramelize.  Meanwhile, cook the orzo and drain.
  2. Add in sherry and pesto.  Simmer 5-10 minutes.
  3. Add in breadcrumbs to thicken sauce, if needed.  Simmer another 5 minutes.
  4.   Toss with orzo and serve immediately.  Top with a little parsley or basil for color, if desired.

The variations of this are endless.  Any vegetables or beans you like.  Different sausages.  Tofu or Tempeh in place of the sausage.  Cut up boneless chicken.  Yum.

 

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2 lb. fresh chicken apple sausage

1 bag Dole chop salad (save the dressing and toppings for another time)

1 large sweet onion, chopped

2 Tbsp. grapeseed oil

1 can garbanzo or other white bean

1 1/2 c. quinoa

1 c. Thai ginger chicken broth

2 c. water

  1. Heat oil over medium heat in large dutch oven.
  2. Cut sausage into small pieces and place in hot oil.
  3. Meanwhile, put quinoa, broth, and water into rice cooker and cook.
  4. Stir sausage around until golden, and add in chop salad and onion.
  5. Cook about 5-10 minutes more.
  6. Add in garbanzo beans.
  7. Simmer until quinoa is done.
  8. Stir quinoa into sausage and veggies.
  9. Serve topped with Kimchi.

We tried Wildbrine Korean Kimchi for the first time and loved it.  Spicy and delicious!

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1 pouch Imagine Thai Coconut Curry Sauce (OMG Yummy!!)

2 lb. fresh sausage (I used turkey kielbasa)

2 Tbsp. olive oil blend

1 can garbanzo beans

Leftover veggies (red pepper, zucchini, kale) for color and texture

1. Cut sausage into small slices using kitchen shears.

2.  Cook sausage in a large skillet over medium heat in the olive oil blend until cooked through.

3.  Add in remaining ingredients until heated through.

4.  Transfer to crockpot to keep warm until everyone is ready to eat.

Serve over rice.  (I used a brown and red rice mixture of Lundberg rice I had on hand)

We loved this!  The Thai Coconut Curry Sauce is one of our favorites.  I buy it in bulk (6 at a time) online.  Same with the Lundberg rice that we love!

 

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I made quiche about a week ago because I had a few frozen pie crusts on hand, and wanted to make the kids breakfast.  It was a huge hit compared to the last time I remember making it.  Maybe their tastebuds are grown up, or maybe I’ve gotten better at it.  Then, I bought Immaculate pie crust the other day to make a lemon pie for Uncle Bob (with a recipe from Molly the Baker which I will post, even though I failed to take a picture of mine)  I had one pie crust left, so I decided to make another quiche this morning.  The Immaculate crust is soooooo good, I don’t think I’ll ever make my own pie crust again or use any other brand!

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1 ready-to-bake pie crust (I used Immaculate and will NEVER use the others again!)

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7 eggs

1/4 c. sour cream

1 lb. sausage, crumbled, cooked, drained (I used Jimmy Dean  fully cooked turkey crumbles)

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1 c. shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar)

  1.  Bake crust at 400 F for 5 minutes or so, just until slightly golden.  Remember to either pierce it with a fork or use pie weights, so it doesn’t lift up.  When you pull  the crust out of the oven, immediately turn oven temp down to 300 F.
  2. Meanwhile, mix eggs and sour cream until well blended.  I didn’t even add salt or pepper, which you could, of course, but I figured the sausage would bring the salt to the party (it did).
  3. Stir in sausage crumbles and cheese.
  4. Bake quiche at 300 F for 50-55 minutes, until set.  (check for doneness by inserting a sharp knife in the center – it should come out clean

This can easily be made ahead, and keeps well for a few days!  Add in onions, peppers, mushrooms, spinach, other meats.  Switching up the cheese will really change things too.  I’m thinking of trying a brie and apple version next week.

 

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2 lb. chicken sausage (I used bratwurst)

1 can baby corn

1/4 c. teriyaki sauce (we like Soy Vay)

1 package stir fry vegetables

Brown sausage in a little oil.  Add stir fry veggies and cook until crisp tender.  Add in baby corn and teriyaki sauce.  Serve over rice.

 

 

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3 lb. sausage (I used garlic and herb turkey sausage and chorizo)

1/4-1/2 c. chopped onion (I used green onions and sweet onions)

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 c. beer

2 cans beans, drained and rinsed (I used black beans and garbanzo)

4 C. cooked grains, any kind (I used quinoa, brown rice mix)

Chop up sausage into small pieces into dutch oven with olive oil heated to medium high.

When it starts to sizzle and brown, reduce heat, add onion and stir.  Cook for about 5 minutes.

Add beer, cover and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes.

Stir in cooked grain.  Add a little broth, if too dry, or add a little bread crumbs, if too wet.

Serve topped with slaw type salad, for acidity and texture.

Sorry I didn’t get a picture of the finished product.

 

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3 packages Stonefire Naan Bread (I used garlic)

12 eggs (fresh from a farm my daughter and son-in-law just purchased!)

1/4 c. sour cream

2 Tbsp. minced dehydrated onion

1/2 tsp. salt

2 packages fully cooked turkey sausage links

2 c. shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

Whisk eggs, sour cream, onion, and salt together.  Soft scramble and set aside.  Keep it a little liquidy.

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Place naan on baking sheets lined with foil and sprayed with coconut oil.

Top with egg mixture.

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Chop defrosted sausage into small pieces and top egg mixture.

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Sprinkle with shredded cheese.

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Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes.

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Stonefire Naan Bread – I used whole wheat bought on sale (can be frozen for future use)

Sauce of Choice (I had leftover from spaghetti night that I froze for future use)

Italian bread crumbs (to thicken the sauce)

Meat of Choice (I cooked Italian sausage and froze it when it was on sale)

Pesto (to stretch what turned out to be not quite enough leftover sauce!)

Peppers (chopped and frozen when on sale)

Shredded cheese (Italian six cheese – you guessed it – bought on sale – also freezes well)

Naan pizza is a great way to use up leftovers!  It’s also a great way to throw together stuff that you can easily keep in the freezer.  Quick weeknights were made for dinners like this!

  1.  Spray large sheet pan with coconut oil.
  2. Place naan bread on pan and spray tops with coconut oil. Obviously olive oil spray would also work well.  I didn’t have any on hand.
  3. Separate leftover sauce over all of the breads to make sure you have enough.  My sauce was a little watery, so I mixed in some Italian style bread crumbs to thicken it.  I’m glad I did this, because I realized I was a little short, and added a little pesto to each before spreading.  I then took some of the fat from the sausage that came out while it was defrosting and shook it in the pesto jar and spread that around the edge of each of the breads.
  4. Grind up sausage in chopper until crumbly, or cut it by hand if you like bigger pieces.
  5. Spread sausage evenly over all the breads.
  6. Top with defrosted peppers – or any other veggies you have on hand!  I can’t wait to try this with broccoli, cauliflower, beets, mushrooms, whatever!
  7. Sprinkle cheese evenly over toppings.
  8. Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes.
  9. ENJOY!  I’m running to the store while the naan is still on sale and stocking my freezer for future experiments.

 

 

 

potstickers

1 lb. sausage

1 Tbsp. oil to cook veggies

1 package cole slaw mix

1 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 Tbsp. sesame oil

1 egg, slightly beaten

2 Tbsp. finely minced ginger

1 package wonton wrappers

1 small bowl water (to seal potstickers)

Cook veggies in oil and salt to soften and remove excess moisture.  Transfer to plate lined with paper towel to absorb excess moisture and allow to cool.

In a large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil and egg.  Add in uncooked sausage, ginger, and softened veggies.  Using your hands, combine until well blended.

On a dry clean surface, lay out a couple of wrappers.  Work quickly so they don’t dry up.  Keep unused wrappers under a damp paper towel.

Spoon filling into the center of each wrap.  Dip finger in water and moisten the edge of the wrap to seal, forming a half moon shape.  Place on baking sheet lined with parchment pinched side up.  Gently press to flatten bottom.  Keep covered with plastic wrap while forming the rest.

Use a large skillet with lid.  Over medium high, add 3 Tbsp. oil.  Arrange pot stickers fitting them tightly in the pan until bottoms are golden brown.  Add ½ c. water and cover with lid and cook 8 to 10 minutes.  Remove lid and cook 2 minutes more until most of the water is gone.

I prepared a pan lined with parchment and covered with plastic wrap to keep the potstickers moist until I cooked them.

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Mix sausage, cooked veggies, salt, soy sauce, oil, egg, and ginger.

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I worked using a paper plate and damp paper towels to keep the unused wrappers moist.

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I laid them out on damp paper towels working three at a time.

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They look more like ravioli because the wrappers were the small ones (by mistake).

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I had leftover filling, so I made meatballs and baked them.  Yummmmm.

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