Do any of you use Pinterest? Let me tell you it is both amazing and somewhat addicting. It is very useful for digitally “housing” all sorts of information you find on the internet. I mainly use Pinterest for collecting and storing ideas for home, classroom, and kitchen projects. However, I also have boards titled as such: “workout ideas”, “I want that too” “My reading list” “places and spaces”, “for the love of yarn,” etc. You see, Pinterest let’s me keep all of these great ideas, things I like or would consider buying for my home, closet or kitchen, all organized into boards… and as long as it is not on a secret board, I can search Pinterest and have access to other people’s pins a.k.a more good ideas from other people’s internet collections! So, why am I mentioning my love and addiction of Pinterest on our blog… well, because that is where I originally found this recipe. I pinned it some time ago onto my “food is love” board.
As you know from my last few posts, I have recently been cooking a lot of vegetarian meals. However, it is half marathon training season, and as I increase my running mileage, I also feel the increase in my body craving meat-based protein. I usually stick to chicken, fish, and occasionally, beef. But two days ago, I just wanted something different. Well, I was in the local grocery store and I had this craving for sausage. I stood there contemplating what to make with this and I remembered that I had “pinned” a recipe for Sausage and Peppers. So I bought the sausage, the onions and peppers and I went home to consult with my Pinterest board. This recipe calls for one regular potato, but I replaced that with a sweet potato and it worked. I like it when adaptations work! In fact, you could even use your favorite vegetarian “sausage” if you wanted. This recipe would be an easy, weekday meal. You can do the preparation one day ahead, wrap everything in foil and then pop it in the oven the next evening. Depending on your oven, it only takes 30-40 minutes for the potatoes and peppers to soften to perfection. Serve in individual bowls, with a little parmesan cheese sprinkled over the top… trust me, it goes well with a cold beer!
Sausage and Peppers
adapted from the recipe One Pouch Feast on HyVee.com
ingredients: half a yellow bell pepper, half a red bell pepper, half a green bell pepper, and half an orange bell pepper, one red onion, half a large sweet potato and 1-2 sausages (kielbasa in Polish, wurst in German, Kolbasa in Czech), olive oil, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, salt and pepper to taste
Directions: chop all the veggies and put into a medium size bowl.
Toss with one tablespoon of olive oil, garlic salt, and salt and pepper
Cut the sausage into round pieces and add to the peppers.
Mix until all ingredients are well coated.
Wrap in foil and bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 400 degrees F or 200 degrees C
Check the peppers and potatoes 30 minutes into baking time to see how they are softening…
When finished baking, let the mixture sit for 5 minutes then serve in bowls with a sprinkle of cheese and/or your favorite hot sauce.