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An Easy Wholesome Meal for a Busy Holiday Season

You already are living a pretty busy life but this time of year, it is incredibly busier.  I mean nonstop: holiday parties, gift shopping, wrapping, baking, working longer hours, vacation, travel.  Whatever it is, cooking weeknight dinners most likely take a backseat if your anything like Dan and I.  So far this month, I cooked maybe two meals at home...oh no!  We have been having dinners that consist of leftovers (which there is no problem with that, I'm a leftover fanatic), every different way you can make eggs, and "Everybody for Themselves" meals.  

But let's pause. I know of a meal that can become a weeknight staple, that is comforting during the holidays, that include whole foods, that you can throw together in 20 minutes or less, and that would make your tummy happy.  One of my favorite easy meal dinners is Sausage & Peppers Sandwiches...YUMMO.

There is an actual background story to this very simple sandwich.  Growing up, one of my favorite things my mom cooked for me was just sausage and sauce on a roll.  For some reason, I would go nuts when I knew that these three ingredients were coming together.  I thought these bad boys were amazing.  Then I became a part of Dan's family.  My husband's family is New York Italian...I cannot explain how pumped I was to marry into this family, I mean there is nothing like being around the loudness, the laughter, and the nonstop food.  At cookouts someone would always make sausage and peppers on rolls.  When I heard that one of my favorite meals was on the menu I freaked.  When it was ready, I was pretty sure I acted like a five-year-old girl which is the usual when food is around but something sadly disappointed me.  Where's the sauce?  I was shocked that the most Italian people I know did not put sauce on there sausage & peppers sandwich. 

So, with all that said, I took it upon myself to make the idea Kristel Kazda Sausage & Peppers recipe and boy, do I love it.  

I usually pick up the items for this the day I decide to make it.  It is really simple to stop by the store quickly after work to pick up what you need.

Ingredients:

  • Sausage links - Note: I like to get these from Lowes Foods because they make there sausage fresh in house.  The night I went there the sausage was half off! So, FYI this meal is SO budget friendly.  Probably costed me $10 and made 4 servings.  For this dinner, I went with the Italian chicken sausage. 
  • Fresh baguette - I walked into Lowes Foods and there was fresh bread singing my name...it was hot and just out of the oven.  I was like, how perfect?!
  • 1 onion (sliced thin)
  • 2 peppers (sliced) 
  • Marinara sauce
  • Of course you will need olive oil, salt, pepper

Recipe:

In one pan, drop about a tablespoon of olive oil and put it on medium to medium high.  Wait until pan is hot, then add the onion.  Slice your peppers and once done with that toss it in the pan with the onion that has been cooking.  Flavor with salt & pepper.

To make everything go faster, I cut the sausage links.  It takes awhile for a whole link to cook. Then add the sausage and cook until ready.  You will know when everything is ready because the onion and peppers will be soft and the sausage will be cooked through.

During the cooking process, You can heat up the marinara with a small pot on the stove or heat it in the microwave for a few.  Cut and slice the bread into the sizes you will like.

Tip: If you are cooking for 1 or 2, wrap the bread in plastic wrap, then tin foil and put in the freezer.  The next day, let it defrost and then warm it up in the oven wrapped in tinfoil on 350 for about 5-7 mins or until warmed.

When everything is done, put the sausage & peppers on the roll and top with sauce.  I prefer to dip it in my sauce #sauceontheside . 

Let me know if this sounds good to you or if you make something similar!  

Happy Holidays and enjoy your easy, no fuss, just breath, wholesome, homemade dinner!

 

 

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