Last night, I was in a quandry about what to make for supper. We eat a lot, and I mean, a lot of chicken breast dishes, like 5 times a week, so I really was not in the mood for chicken. I was standing in front of my open refrigerator door, staring blankly at its contents (as I am wont to do on occasion. Okay, more than on occasion, more like every night, trying to decide what to make), when I realized that I had a package of chicken sausage (I know, technically it's still chicken but at least it's in a different form), hidden in the back of the cold cut drawer. I didn't hide it there on purpose but things in my frig have a tendency to crawl to the back and molder, for some strange reason.
Anyway, I pulled out the sausage, it had not yet grown legs or teeth, so it didn't put up much of a fight, and set it on my counter. "What do you want to go along with you?" I asked it. I do talk to my food, sometimes. It hasn't yet answered, but I haven't given up hope. True to form, the sausage stayed silent on the subject so I was left on my own.
I didn't want to spend a lot of prep time on supper. After all, I have better things to do, like take a nap, or maybe watch paint dry. So back into the frig for some mushrooms, celery, and green peppers. They had not crawled to the back of the frig but only because they were trapped in the veggie drawer. I also grabbed garlic and a package of that 90 second microwave rice, some red hot pepper flakes, and creole seasoning I bought because my local store was out of Adobo.
So, chop, chop, slice slice, I cut up all the ingredients, including the chicken sausage, popped it into my skillet with some olive oil and voila!, instant (almost) supper. I added the quinoa and rice last, just to warm it up.
It was pretty good, if I do say so myself and took less than thirty minutes from blank stare to table. I'm including the recipe, minus pictures because we ate it too fast for pictures, just in case you'd like to try it yourself.
Chicken Sausage and Quinoa(pronounced kin-wa) and Brown Rice Quick Skillet Dinner Serves 3, unless your really hungry, then only 2
1 package Alfresco Smoked Andouille Chicken Sausage
1 package Seeds of Change Quinoa and Brown Rice (microwave kind)
1/2 green pepper, slice
1 medium onion, sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
Creole seasoning and red hot pepper flakes to taste
fresh ground black pepper
Saute the onions, peppers, and celery in the olive oil until just tender. Add garlic and chicken sausage, adding a bit more olive oil, if necessary. Saute until chicken sausage is warmed, the sausage is already fully cooked, so warming is all that's necessary. Add the package of rice with water, as instructed in the package directions, and cook for a few minutes.
Serve with your favorite veggie, we had corn on the cob, and maybe some garlic bread.
This is a quick and easy supper and it's pretty healthy as well. Enjoy!