Hearty Sausage, Pepper and Onion Skillet

I have totally been on a cheap, one pan dinner kick lately! It’s that time of year when life is in full gear.  Everything is completely stretched to the limit. Specifically, time and budget! So, I have been attempting to come up with an arsenal of one pan recipes. That way I always have options I can turn to on those days when life is just a little too crazy!

I know today is Monday… probably the most hated day of the week for you all. I personally loooove Mondays! Mondays are like my Friday, and for most of the world Fridays are amazing! But, because I work weekend nights as a nurse I absolutely hate Fridays, I despise them. They are hectic and stressful, much like the start of the week for most of you! So I’m sharing this recipe today for all you stressed out momma’s out there! I got your back! This dinner is quick, filling and healthy and doesn’t break the bank.

I have gotten pretty good at throwing a bunch of ingredients in a pan and having them taste good! I enjoy cooking and that’s a good thing because I spend most of my time at home in the kitchen. This recipe is somewhat of a play on a sausage and pepper sandwich, but because we eat mostly gluten free I used rice instead. Making this recipe a hearty and satisfying one pot meal!

Hopefully you all enjoy this and can add it into your meal roration! Let me know what you think, I would love to hear how it turns out for you! Happy Monday all!!

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Hearty Sausage, Pepper and Onion Skillet
Hearty, tasty and easy weeknight family meal!!
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Brown sausage in skillet
  2. While sausage is cooking dice onions and peppers and mince garlic
  3. Once sausage is browned add olive oil, peppers, onions and minced garlic to the pan. Cook for about three minutes on medium heat, until onions and peppers start to get tender
  4. Add uncooked rice, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and chicken broth to skillet
  5. Bring to a boil then turn heat to low and simmer, covered for about 30 minutes or until rice is tender
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Freedom Rangers: Month 1

OOk so it has been a little over a month since our 16 Freedom Ranger meat chickens arrived on our tiny farm. And let me tell you they are NOT those cute, fuzzy little chicks anymore! They are growing at an alarming rate. To put that into perspective… we hatched out our own laying hens a few months ago and these almost 5 week old meat chickens are practically the same size as them! It’s just crazy!

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Freedom Rangers 2 Days Old

Raising your own food isn’t easy and you are going to have some struggles along the way.  For the first four weeks or so we raised the chicks in a brooder in our upstairs living room. Every morning the kids would go check on them and help me fill their food and water. One morning my oldest daughter discovered one of the chicks has died over night. Not too sure what happened, it make have gotten suffocated under the others.  But losses are inevitable and it is all part of the journey. It’s important for us to have our children experience this whole process with us and this is just another lesson to be learned.

Now our 15 remaining chickens are outside spending their days in the sunshine! They have so much space to roam around, peck at bugs, roost on roosting bars and dust bathe.  But they really don’t do much of that at all.  They spend most of their day huddled around the feeder, gobbling up as much food as possible.  We have had to limit the amount of food available to them so they don’t grow too quickly. They seem happy and healthy and will get to live out the rest of their days before it gets too cold. We plan on harvesting at the beginning of December, so hopefully the weather will be mild.

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5 weeks Old

We have been getting a lot of crap from family and friends about how they cannot believe we are going to eat our pets. Let me tell you… these chickens are NOT pets! Their main goal in life is to eat, that’s it! So it is really hard to form an emotional attachment to something that tries to peck your hand off every time you get near it! Our laying hens on the other hand are true pets.  They come when called, eat out of your hand, and even allow us a cuddle now and again.

So to those who don’t understand how we can eat animals we raise ourselves, we have a distinct difference between pets and food.  That being said, all our animals are truly loved, cared for and given the best life we can provide. There is a sense of pride in knowing exactly where your food is coming from and raising it from the start. That being said we tried this last year with two turkeys and when the time came to harvest them my big, bad hunter husband felt bad and couldn’t do it! We didn’t have the space to keep them and they were starting to get kinda nasty so they are currently living on the beautiful farm of a friend! Haha!

abbie-and-chickensI had to include this picture of our youngest in here. She is so fascinated by everything and the pure joy in this picture just makes me smile. She loved watching the baby chicks in the brooder and now loves watching all our animals outside. So fun!

I will update again once we get a little closer to harvest time. Collin thankfully has a friend with a family farm who is very fluent in the butchering process, so I think he will be on hand that day for his expertise. Any tips and tricks you experienced homesteaders can throw our way would be greatly appreciated! Everything we do in life is an adventure and we have lots to learn along the way! So any help we could get would be greatly appreciated!!

 

 

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Fall Favorites and a Healthy Weeknight Dinner Recipe!

Hi All!! Hope everyone is having an amazing week and you are getting to enjoy all of the awesome things Fall has to offer! I finally got some of my fall decorations up in the house, and we got our pumpkins and mums for outside last weekend. This is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love that timg_5023he mornings are cool and crisp, but the afternoons warm up to glorious temperatures. Perfect for all those awesome fall outdoor activities! And of course I love EVERYTHING pumpkin… and apple for that matter! Fall candles, apple cider, tall boots, and jeans and hoodies… seriously does it get any better?!?

I took a day off last weekend so we could get in all sorts of fall family activities! And we have more things lined up for the next two weekends leading into Halloween! We are planning our annual apple picking trip for Sunday, which always leads to a restocked freezer full of homemade applesauce and apple butter. We also already got in our hayrides, corn maze and pumpkin patch trip. So many fun things to do before the weather gets too cold! The beginning of this week has been unseasonable warm, so I keep kicking the kids outside as soon as they get home from school to soak up this awesome weather! We all know the cold and snow is coming here in Eastern Pennsylvania!

img_5014What are you favorite fall activities and traditions? Are they any special things in your area that you love to do this time of year? Or any recipes you love to cook as soon as the seasons start to change? I am always looking for fun new things to do with the kids!

Things have been so busy around here and sometimes it is so hard to balance everything. So I took a few days off from the blog to concentrate on things that needed to get done around the house. With jobs and three kids I feel like there is never a free second in the day, something or someone always needs my attention. We have some big things coming up that I am starting to plan for, which I am really excited about! Our littlest love is turning one at the beginning of December and birthdays, especially first ones, are a huge deal around here. So the planning has started for her party!
Also, we are planning a Walt Disney World trip for the end of January, which takes tons of preparation! We will be there for my oldest and my birthdays so it will be an extra magical trip! With all the holidays and celebrations coming up money and time always become a factor. So our meals have to be quick and cheap lately. Now those two things don’t always go hand in hand with healthy, right? So I am always on the hunt for recipes that are hearty, healthy, can be thrown together in a snap and are easy on the wallet… whew! That’s a lot to ask for in a dinner!

This recipes is soooo easy and soooo delicious! And it only has a handful of ingredients! Our CSA share finished up last week, which I am super sad about, but we got an awesome cabbage in one of our last baskets. Perfect for this recipe! Combine that with some potatoes and kielbasa and you have the perfect weeknight fall meal! Now my 4 and 5 year old are pretty good eaters, so I have no trouble getting them to gobble up this meal, but the cabbage in this dish has an awesome sweetness that little bellies will love! So don’t be afraid to offer this to the kiddos as well!

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Cabbage and Kielbasa Skillet with Potatoes
Easy, Quick and Healthy Weeknight Meal!
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in skillet
  2. Add chopped cabbage, diced potatoes and diced kielbasa
  3. Cover and cook on medium heat until potatoes are tender and cabbage is soft. Stirring occasionally.
  4. Salt to taste and enjoy!!
Recipe Notes

Seriously 5 ingredients and 4 steps, does it get any easier than that! Hope you enjoy and I would love to hear your thoughts and you favorite cheap, easy and healthy dinners! Happy Fall!!

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