Monday, December 15, 2014

Sausage With White Beans & Tomatoes

This recipe is one of my favorite go-to's when I'm short on time, patience, and groceries.  It uses pantry staples, and comes together in a pinch.  And the whole family loves it, so it's a win-win for everyone!  I adapted this recipe from Bon Apetit - their version looks just as simple, so you can try either one.


Sausage With White Beans & Tomatoes
4 garlic cloves chopped
6 Italian sausages (I use spicy but you can use sweet as well) - casings removed
1 can white kidney beans
1 can chopped tomatoes (or crushed, or whole - but you will have to break them up as you cook)
2 fresh sage sprigs
1 c water
Any other seasonings you like - I add some onion powder, garlic powder, pinch of cayenne, seasoning salt, black pepper

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; saute until, about 2 minutes. Add sausages; sauté until browned and crumbled up, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes with their juice (do not drain) and sage. Simmer 5 minutes. Add beans and 1 cup water. Cover and simmer until sausages are cooked through, about 10 minutes. Uncover and simmer until sauce thickens, if desired. Season as preferred (see above for suggestions).

Delicious!  I have served this over rice, or along side a salad or even with some crusty bread to soak up the juices.  Your choice, anything goes!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Easy Taco Pie

This was by far the easiest, most kid-friendly recipe I have ever made.  It was a huge hit all around and will become a fun weeknight meal when I don't really feel like cooking.  After making this, I started thinking about all of the adaptations that can be done.  The possibilities are endless!  I'll be sure to start experimenting, and posting my ideas.

This recipe was adapted from Pillsbury's version, although their recipe looks great as well.  Mine is a little simpler though and quicker to pull together.


Easy Taco Pie
1 can of Pillsbury Crescent rolls
2 lbs ground beef
taco seasoning packet (or make your own - get the best recipe ever here!!) 
1 container of sour cream
2 c shredded cheese (anything goes; I use mozzarella & cheddar together, or a monterey jack)
1 bag crushed tortilla chips
Toppings - chopped lettuce, chopped tomatoes, salsa, etc

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray.  Spread out the can of crescent rolls on the bottom of the pan (don't separate them) and bake for 10 minutes.  Brown up your ground beef and add taco seasoning as well as anything else you might like (I added garlic salt, seasoning salt, and some cayenne to kick up the spice).  remove crust from oven and spread beef over top.  Spread sour cream on top, then shredded cheese, then chips.  Bake for about 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.  Serve with optional toppings.

Yum yum yum...