Happy Monday everyone :)
Even though my life is a kinda sorta spiraling vortex of class/work/class/lab, I wanted to stop by today to say HI, take a little bitty break from my Diet Discourse series, and let you in on a quick recipe for great dinners and lunches and it involves, wait for it, meat. Yup, meat.
Now, if I had a nickel for how many times people have expressed surprise over me eating meat I'd have a good chunk of my student loans paid off :) While I think it is awesomely amazing that our culture is beginning to emphasize the importance of non-animal foods (lame phrase I just came up with), I am a firm believer that meat can have a place in a healthy diet. Now, before I turn an army of vegetarian-vegans against me (love you all!), I just want to set a few things straight:
1. I do not eat a meat-based diet. Some weeks I don't eat hardly any meat, other weeks I'll have something with meat in it. I go with the flow people. This Wisconsin girl has cravings that cannot be denied! [I like to think of it as my own loose interpretation of Mark Bittman's VB6 diet]
2. I believe in getting the best-quality (organic, pasture-raised) meat you can and using it to flavor dishes, not so much to be the superstar in them. Want to know how this works? Let me explain via my great recipe below :)
3. I dabbled in vegetarianism, even veganism, but honestly, my body feels best when I do not put restrictions on it. If I'm craving a brat, I eat one. If I want cheesecake, I'll have a slice. This does not mean that I will eat these things all-day every day, but goodness people stop denying yourself of some of life's pleasures!
Alright, now for the recipe!
One-pot Sausage, Veg, & Rice Skillet (serves 1)
- 1 sausage (eater's choice! I love brats, italian sausage, chicken sausage, anything really!)
- 1 cup chopped kale
- 1/2-1 cup chopped red bell pepper*
- 1 cup cooked brown rice
- 1 tsp-1 tbsp tomato paste (optional)
- Shredded parmesan cheese (optional but not really)
- Squeeze the sausage out of the casing and into a medium-sized saucepan. Turn up the heat to medium-high and start cooking, chopping the sausage into chunks with a spatula and stirring often to ensure even browning.
- Once the meat is cooked, toss in all the veg and turn down the heat to medium, stirring occasionally. Continue cooking for 5-10 minutes, or however long it takes until the kale wilts and the bell peppers soften.
- Toss in the cup of brown rice and tomato paste, if using, and stir. Cook for a minute or two to heat the rice up.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the cheese until melty.
*Feel free to use whatever veg you want! I happened to add a little summer squash to mine and it was fantastic! Mushrooms, spinach, onions, zucchini would all be great substitutions/additions!
Have a great day everyone!