The Kitchen Prep: {Chicken} Sausage & Pepper Quinoa

Monday, July 2, 2012

{Chicken} Sausage & Pepper Quinoa

I have a confession to make: I am a blog-oholic.

That's right. Because one blog simply wasn't enough, I've gone and started another one, 
Behind the Pink Curtain, for my little Etsy shop.

And now I find myself conflicted on whether I should spend time blogging about all the things happening in my kitchen OR the projects going on on my coffee table. {a.k.a. "The Craft Studio". Here's a pic of it on
my Facebook page.}

If you've never tried blogging before, I'm here to tell you that it can be a whole lot of fun. Especially if you're a wannabe writer like me. It can also take up a whole lot of time, especially if you like to make sense with somewhat coherent sentences {I am not always successful at this} and try to take pretty pictures {I am definitely still working on this part!}.

So, when you start giving yourself so many side-projects {you know, aside from regular life and real work}, you start having to become selective about how you spend your time. And, in my case, the labor intensive recipes and important things like cleaning the house grocery shopping and doing laundry go by the wayside.

Sometimes, that means having to get creative with the ingredients you have in your fridge and pantry... which can get a little scary depending on what's in there.

Except, you know how they say that some of the best inventions came about completely unexpectedly? Well, now I know why.

This was a last minute, completely made up dish that Steve and I both wound up loving quite a bit. And because it's made with chicken sausage instead of pork sausage, and quinoa instead of pasta, you end up with that yumminess you love from classic Sausage and Peppers without all the guilt. Score!

I have been majorly slacking in the photography department lately, so I didn't really take flattering pictures... but I promise you, it tasted much better than it looks.

Anyway, the plan is to work on my time management and share fun/exciting/quality stuff on BOTH blogs... until I lose my mind. ;) But have no fear we have a good headstart of month or two before that actually happens. {I think}

Meanwhile, give this Chicken Sausge & Pepper Quinoa a try and let me know how you like it!

{Chicken} Sausage & Pepper Quinoa

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon  salt
1/3 {ish} cup of marinara sauce {jarred or homemade}, plus extra for topping
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
3 chicken sausage links {I used organic Hot Italian}, casings removed & chopped into 1/2 inch bits
1 large green pepper, cut into strips
1 large yellow pepper, cut into strips

Bring 1 1/4 cups of water and salt to a boil in a medium pot over medium high heat. Add rinsed quinoa and cover. Return to a boil, then reduce and simmer until most of the water is absorbed. Stir quinoa, then return lid to pot. Reduce heat to low and allow to steam until all water is absobed and quinoa is tender. Fluff with a fork.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add chopped chicken sausage and allow to brown lightly. Add peppers and saute until tender and golden in parts, about 12-15 minutes {it takes a while, hang in there}.

Stir about 1/3 cup marinara sauce and 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning blend into quinoa. {I also had a tiny bit of leftover calzone filling consisting of ricotta, mozzarella, spinach, onions, garlic, and Italian spices that I added in as well.}

To serve, plate quinoa and spoon extra sauce over top if desired. Top with sausage & peppers.


LC said...

D you ARE a writer! a great one!

The Kitchen Prep said...

Awww, thanks!! xo

LC said...

its Lourdes by the way...trying to fix my blogger profile name!

The Kitchen Prep said...

I figured! Or hoped... otherwise the "xo" may have been a bit too affectionate for a stranger. Haha! ;)

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