Dinner · dinner in 30 minutes · Fast meal

Turkey Kielbasa & Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner

 

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I love sheet pan dinners for four reasons:

  1. The roasted vegetables get crispy and sweet in the oven!
  2. They’re so easy!
  3. They’re fast!
  4. They’re  sooo good!

I made this new Sheet pan meal last week and we loved it!  It was ready in under 30 minutes!  The Paprika Vinaigrette adds a really nice flavor to the sausage and vegetables. Wow, this is just a great recipe!! It’s great for a week night, but would also be good for company!

I tweaked the recipe to my liking and it is as follows.  You could change up the vegetables, or choose to use beef or chicken sausage, if you desire.  It’s super-easy to make it just the way you or your family would prefer.

I added a tossed salad and toasted bread to complete the meal.

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Turkey Kielbasa & Vegetables Sheet Pan Dinner

Ingredients

  • 1 small red onion, chopped into 1 inch chunks
  • 15 fresh Brussels sprouts, stem trimmed and cut in half
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 to 1 inch chunks
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
  • 1/2 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 12 oz Fully cooked Turkey Kielbasa, sliced into 1″ pieces
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • black pepper to taste

 Paprika Vinaigrette

  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp  paprika

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

    Prep all the vegetables and place in a large bowl. sheet pan.  Toss the vegetables in the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.Place in the oven for 15 minutes

  • Meanwhile slice the sausage
  • Toss the vegetables with a spatula. Then place the sausage pieces over the cooked vegetables.  Place back in the oven for an additional 12 minutes
To make the Paprika Vinaigrette, put all the ingredients into a mason jar then screw the lid on tightly and shake vigorously until all the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  • Remove the pan out of the oven and drizzle the vinaigrette over the vegetables and sausage. Toss to coat.

    Serve immediately.

To prep ahead:
I cut up all the vegetables and drizzled them with olive oil early in the afternoon.  It made the preparation so easy when it was time to get supper in the oven!

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Have you tried a sheet pan dinner yet?  If not, this would be a great one to get your started!

Refresh dinner with something so fast and delicious!

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Dinner · Fast meal

Dinner in Under 20 Minutes Sounds Fishy!

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You need good food and you need it fast!  I can totally relate!  Today I’m collaborating with Whitney at Come Home for Comfort to bring you foods and recipes that will provide supper in “Twenty to the Table!”

Wow! Summertime has been super busy for us with vacation, a conference, Vacation Bible School prep, and then all the normal, daily busyness!  That means I’ve had to be on Continue reading “Dinner in Under 20 Minutes Sounds Fishy!”

Fast meal · Meal planning · refreshment at home

Cook Once; Eat Two (or 3) Times!

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I love to cook, however, that doesn’t mean I like to slave in the kitchen every single day!  I love to eat good meals that are fresh and delicious, too, so that means when I AM in the kitchen, I like to make good use of that time in ways that will help me for future meals!

I thought I”d show you how I have recently cooked foods that allowed me to have DIFFERENT meals using things I cooked earlier. Say no to Leftovers! These are fresh, different meals each time they’re served!

Continue reading “Cook Once; Eat Two (or 3) Times!”

baking · Christmas · Fast meal · freezer

Tips To Help with Meals & Baking In December

 

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Busy days and home-cooked meals are a mean combination, aren’t they?  And what month is busier than December?  I was thinking through ways to provide home-cooked meals this month, and have come up with a plan so we don’t have to buckle under the pressure and eat out a lot or call for carry-out!  Here’s what I’ve come up with: Continue reading “Tips To Help with Meals & Baking In December”

Dinner · dinner in 30 minutes · Fast meal · grilling

Grilled Hobo Packets

A favorite summer meal of mine is cooked on the grill, but doesn’t require constant attention, which is great on these hot July days!

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These Hobo Packets are easy to assemble and don’t take long to cook.  This is another great 30-minute supper! Hobo Packets are simple a foil pouch filled with kielbasa, potatoes, onions and peppers.  They are seasoned and then rolled up to cook on the grill.  The grill gives everything a great flavor and you’re not heating up the kitchen!

There are a few key instructions to ensure the cook evenly without burning.

  1. First, use heavy-duty foil.  Then spray the foil with a cooking spray.
  2. Another important reminder is to slice the potatoes thinly, so they will cook in the same amount of time as the kielbasa and vegetables.

You could vary the ingredients in the packets.  I’ve added corn on the cob, cut into small pieces, and that is a delicious addition! Get creative and enjoy a great meal cooked in individual portions outside on the grill!

Here are a couple video clips that may help:

 

 

Hobo Packets

1 package Turkey Kielbasa, chopped into pieces
2-3 potoates, any variety, sliced into eighths
½ Red Onion
Yellow and red peppers, sliced
Salt, pepper
Olive oil

This will make two hearty portions, or you could use less meat in each packet and make four servings, adding more vegetables.

Spray 2-4 sheets of foil with cooking spray.  Layer Kielbasa and vegetables on foil.  Add salt and pepper over top, sprinkle with Olive oil.  Fold foil over and secure sides.  Place on the grill over medium high heat.  Turn a quarter turn every ten minutes.  At the end of 30 minutes, test the potatoes for doneness.

Open packets onto plates and enjoy!

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I served my packets with a cucumber salad, which is also a refreshing summer salad.  Here’s how I make it:

Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers, diced into bite-size pieces
Chopped chives or green onions, chopped
Salt & Pepper
Sour Cream

Add cucumbers, chives and salt and pepper.  Add enough sour cream to cover cucumbers.  The moisture from the cucumber will thin out the sour cream, so start by adding a small amount and add more if needed.

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All this meal needs is a patio and a summer breeze!  Enjoy!

From my country grill,

Denise

Chicken · Fast meal · freezer · main dish

Getting the Most Out of a Deli-Purchased Chicken

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When was the last time you went to the grocery store or Sam’s Club and picked up one of these rotisserie chickens from their deli? Recently a friend brought one to me at a busy time and it was such a blessing!

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They are usually about $5 and are a great easy, delicious meal straight from the container. You might slice the meat and serve:

Potato Salad
Green Beans
Salad

It’s a wonderful busy night dinner.

However, if there are only two or three, you’ll have leftovers, but probably not enough to serve slices of meat again.  What do you do with the remains without wasting it?  I have a couple of ideas to help you get the most out of that $5 bird! Last week when I had that chicken, here is all the ways that it provided for us –

Chicken Salad – If you have enough white meat left, you could mix up the ingredients for lunch tomorrow!  This made for a delicious lunch!
Add:

  • White meat Cubes
  • Grapes
  • Pecans
  • Celery
  • Dressing – I mix together
    • Mayo
    • A little sour cream
    • Cinnamon

Served on bread or crackers, it totally transforms a rotisserie chicken into a whole new meal.

Chicken Pot Pie – You can use white meat, dark meat or a combination of both. It only takes 1 1/2 Cups of chicken – or you could use 1 cup and add more veggies!

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I make a low-fat version of Chicken Pot pie that is equal to any high fat version!

Don’t be afraid to alter the vegetables to what your family likes.  Changing that will not change its deliciousness!

Crust:
1 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
4-5 Tbl cold water

Mix dry ingredients.  Use a pastry cutter or fork and cut in shortening until mixture resembles fine crumbs.  Add water, 1 tbl at a time, until all dough is moistened.  Form dough into ball.

On a lightly floured surface, flatten the ball of dough with hands.  Roll dough into a 13 x 8 1/2 inch rectangle.  Cover pastry and set aside.

Filling:

1 cup slices fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 12 oz. can evaporated skim milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (or more) chicken broth
1 tsp instant chicken bouillon granules
1/2 tsp dried sage, marjoram, or thyme (thyme is my favorite!)
1/8 tsp pepper
1 10-oz package frozen peas & carrots
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken

Spray a cold medium saucepan with nonstick coating.  Add mushroom and onion.  cook and stir over medium heat about 4 minutes or till the onion is tender but not brown.

Meanwhile reserve 1 tbl of the milk. Set aside.  In a small mixing bowl gradually stir the remaining milk into the flour till smooth.  Stir into vegetable mixture in the saucepan.  Stir in the water, bouillon granules, sage, marjoram or thyme: and pepper.  Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly.  Stir int he frozen peas and carrots and chicken.

Transfer mixture to a 12 x 7 1/2 x 2 inch baking dish.  Place pastry over chicken mixture.  Fold under edges.  Crimp edges of pastry with a fork.  Brush pastry with reserved milk.

Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or till the chicken mixture is heated through and the pastry is golden brown.  Makes 5 servings.

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This pie is so good, friends!  You could even assemble it and pop it into the freezer for another day!

Now, at this point I had stripped most all of the meat off the carcass.  Was it ready for the garbage?  No!  DON’T THROW THAT CARCASS IN THE TRASH CAN YET!!  There’s one more GREAT WAY to use that chicken!

Chicken Stock – No need to purchase cans or boxes of this in the store if you have a chicken carcass in your fridge!

Here’s the recipe and method I use to make chicken stock. Let me add one more thought – I have learned that it’s even easier to make it in the crock pot so I don’t have to babysit it.  I do the very same thing, only pop it into the crock pot and cook it all day long.  The house smells amazing and I have about 8-10 cups of chicken stock when it’s finished! Look how rich that broth is!

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I pour it into small baggies, then put them in a large Ziplock bag and freeze them.

You could also just cube the meat off and freeze it in small freezer bags ready for soup, enchiladas or quesadillas, 

The possibilities are endless, and also so convenient because the chicken is already cooked.  You know, you might even consider buying TWO rotisserie chickens just so you can make so many great meals so easily!

When was the last time you enjoyed a rotisserie chicken?  What else do you do with yours?

With love from my country kitchen,

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breakfast · Fast meal · Make-Ahead

Breakfast That is “Love In a Jar”

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Yep, you read that right – love in a jar!  That quote came from my husband when I fixed these cute little Instant Oatmeal Jars to have ready for his breakfast.  He LOVES a good bowl of hot oatmeal with fruit and a handful of nuts.

Our morning routines find my husband downstairs with coffee and Bible, and me upstairs.  Because of this, he often starts our breakfast.  This winter he had gotten really proficient at making up a couple of servings of oatmeal for us to have each morning!  That is saying a lot for a guy who only feels confident enough to make about three things – Scrambled eggs, French toast and …okay, make that two!  Though he’d learned the simple art of cooking the Quick oats, I thought I’d make it even a little easier without purchasing those nasty packets of Instant Oatmeal.

Here was the result: Instant Oatmeal Jars

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The blessing of having the jars already filled is that there’s no measuring or finding a pan or the additives.  Just open a jar, add a cup of boiling water and let it set for 4-5 minutes.  Voila!  It’s done!  You can be as creative with flavors and additions as your taste buds allow.  I made up several jars and have them in the pantry ready for any morning we’re hungry for oatmeal!

Here’s how I made mine:

Instant Oatmeal Jars

1/2 C Quick cooking oats
1 Tbl Craisins
1Tbl Chopped nuts
Dash of salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbl brown sugar

Keep in a tightly closed jar until ready to use!

When ready to use:

  1. Add 1 cup boiling water (you could use milk instead) to the jar.
  2. Stir.
  3. Replace lid and let set for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add other fresh fruits as desired. Eat!

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We love blueberries, bananas and/or strawberries in our oatmeal!

This would make a great breakfast for a busy morning!  You could take the jar out the door with you, if needed.  Everything is contained and could be sealed back up when empty!

The first morning my husband had his “jar of oatmeal,” he sent me a text while I was getting ready upstairs.  It read,

“Now that’s love in a jar right there!”


That made me smile!! I’m on the lookout for freeze-dried fruits to add to my next batches.  I wonder what he’ll say about that?! I can’t wait to hear!

What would you add to a jar of oatmeal?  Peanut butter?  Coconut?  I’d love to hear!

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