(Opposites Attract) Low Fat Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta
I love my husband with all my heart. Really, I do – he’s my everything. But sometimes I just don’t know how we end up with each other. Sure, on a lot of things, we’re exactly the same. However, on just as many things, we’re polar opposites. Maybe that’s why it works? Who knows 😉
I actually had some time to get creative in the kitchen for dinner, and since I haven’t meal planned for a few weeks now, I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants (which is fuunnnn!) I took a look and the fridge and pantry to see what I had to work with. Here’s what:
Plus some fresh herbs from outside.
Side note: one of my favorite things ever is buying frozen, bagged organic veggies. I like to have 2 or 3 bags on hand to choose from.
It’s great because they never spoil in the freezer! Now that I’m a part of a CSA, I’m in a hurry to try and use up those veggies already, so I haven’t spent much more additional money on other fresh veggies from the store. Frozen vegetables are just so handy and convenient!
My first idea was to make a casserole. But as I went to preheat my oven, I thought about how hard our air conditioning was working as is, to keep the 90+ degree heat outside from raising our inside temp of a balmy 76 degrees. Then I changed my mind and decided I’d cook the entire meal on the stove.
I started by making the sauce, and added the tomatoes, sausages, and herbs. I absolutely love one-dish meals. They’re so easy to make and very little dishes get dirtied. Unfortunately, Shane prefers the exact opposite – he doesn’t even like his food to touch. So I improvised.
Steamer basket to the rescue! While the sauce was simmering, the broccoli and bok choy stems and leaves were cooking.
Then, when it came time to eat, I plopped the steamed veggies into my dish, and Shane ate his on the side. Win-win!
2 tbsp. olive oil
½ red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 Italian Chicken Sausages, chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
3 tbsp. tomato paste
¼ c. water
Fresh oregano (3-4 leaves,) basil (2-3 leaves)
1 tbsp. sugar
Salt and pepper
2 c. frozen veggies
1 package of pasta (I used quinoa pasta – my favorite!)
Turn on the stove to medium heat and heat the olive oil in a deep pot. Add the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes, until softened. Add the sausage and cook until it’s heated through. Next, add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to a boil, and then turn to low and simmer for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, place a steamer basket over the pot and place any additional vegetables to cook while the sauce is simmering. Finally, cook the pasta as directed. Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta, and topped with parmesan cheese, if desired.
Sooo tasty. Plus, it filled me up! I was even too full for dessert, which is crazytown around these parts.
This morning I’m planning on taking Niko for a nice, long walk. Yesterday I went to an RPM (spin) class for the first time in a looooong time, and it kicked. my. bootay. It made my heart rate sky rocket and my shirt look like I’d just taken a shower. It was all things wonderful. I also got in a nice back workout.
So, today I’m taking it easy with a walk. Giving my body some time to reap the benefits of yesterday’s workout.
Have a great day
Do you avoid turning on the stove at all costs during the summer?
Are you and your significant other a lot different from each other? Or polar opposites?
Shane and I share the same sense of humor, opinion on what entails a good time, and no nonsense approach to BS. We also…both love each other? That’s it. OK, I kid, I kid. But we really are fairly different when it comes to interests!