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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Healthy to Meals 4, Braised Kielbasa with Kale

Here's another sausage and greens twist on Meal #3

Braised Kielbasa with Kale, found at here at Cookthink.com

We had some nitrate free Kielbasa in the freezer that Patrick picked up. Kielbasa isn't my favorite sausage, it tends to be too salty for me. Patrick is a salt lover and has really low blood pressure, so no worries with his salt consumption.

Not knowing what I wanted to do with it, but thinking that using some of the frozen Kale from our summer garden.....


would be a good thing :-) 

So I did what I always do in that situation and googled kielbasa and kale (how did I ever cook before the internet and google!), and found the above recipe.

It was fast and delicious. Both kids gobbled up both the sausage and the kale, which is a good success meter in my book. The kale absorbed some of the flavor from the sausage and got very tasty and tender.

Total prep time just a few minutes, and cooking time not much more!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Healthy Go to Meals 3, Sausage and Salad

A favorite quickie meal in our house is some good quality Sausage...think chicken with sundried tomatoes or a good polish sausage served with spicy mustard.

I try to keep a variety of good sausages in the freezer for work nights and other days where meal prep just isn't happening. Our meat CSA has some nice ones. 

When the grill isn't buried in a foot of snow (which, gloriously, it is currently), I prefer to grill them. When I can't, I roast them in the oven.

I serve with a salad or simple cooked vegetable such as steamed green beans or roasted asparagus. And wine, of course, is always a welcome edition

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Healthy Go to Meals 2, Chicken with Lentils

Continuing with the theme of quick and healthy, here was another recent hit.

Chicken with Lentils, found at allrecipes.com. A good friend mentioned this meal on facebook months ago and it stuck with me, so I finally got around to finding a recipe.

Click here for the recipe

This recipe requires a bit of cooking time, but minimal prep work, just some quick chopping. It could probably be finished in a crockpot..I may try that next time. I especially love throwing something in the crockpot on a work day morning and coming home to dinner ready to go.

I served it with a green salad the night of Helena's school concert to my little family plus grandpa and auntie. It went over well.