Today's the day that One Minnesota Writer joins other writers, at the invitation of 32 Poems, in posting a recipe that is both healthy and quick in the spirit of good time management for busy writers. Enjoy. And visit 32 Poems to see all the other links for some delicious ideas.
Sausage-Veggie-Rice Stuff I Make When I'm in a Hurry
1 turkey kielbasa
1 medium green bell pepper
1 large tomato
1 medium onion
1-2 cloves of garlic
1-2 stalks of celery
about 2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup long grain white rice
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp instant low-sodium chicken broth
Tabasco sauce (optional)
Bring the 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan. Add instant chicken broth; wait for it to dissolve, then add rice. Stir quickly, cover, reduce heat to low. Cook for 17 minutes, then remove from heat and let sit for about 5 minutes.
While the rice is cooking, slice the turkey kielbasa into bite-sized pieces. Thinly slice pepper, onion, celery, and tomato. Mince garlic.
Heat olive oil in large saute pan over medium-high heat. When it is hot, toss in garlic, onion, pepper, celery. Cook, stirring constantly, till tender-crisp; about 2 minutes. Add kielbasa; cook and stir about two more minutes. Add tomatoes; cover, reduce heat to low, and cook till heated through - about 2-3 more minutes.
Serve kielbasa and vegetables over cooked rice. Add a dash of Tabasco if you want a little heat.
Fast elegance = boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut in half, pounded to 1/4" thickness, and sauteed with some minced garlic for 2-3 per side in olive oil, then sprinkled with salt, pepper, and basil. Serve with instant couscous - it cooks in five minutes. Get the tricolor kind and add instant chicken broth to the couscous water for a bit more flavor. Add some salad from a bag of pre-washed greens and you're done!
Open a bottle of wine, while you're at it. This might get you a date.