Leah is a follower of the 21-Day Fix. She works in mental health.
The Finished Product
Hot weather means I don't want to spend too much time standing over a stove fixing an elaborate dinner. Summer parties often include a pasta salad, but I find that to be more of a side dish rather than an entree. I fixed up a clean version of sausage and peppers, using kosher sausage, spinach, bell peppers, and a whole-grain rotini. If you're gluten-free, it can be made with a gluten-free pasta and you're good to go.
Since I keep kosher (a strict set of dietary guidelines), I'm not able to mix meat and dairy, so while this dish would probably be amazing with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, I had to leave that out, making this a good dairy-free meal. I love cooking things that allow people with dietary restrictions to enjoy them as well.
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- 1 package (12 oz) sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/3 box whole-grain rotini, can use gluten free pasta if needed
- 2 bell peppers, diced into bite-sized pieces
- 1 bag (9 oz) baby spinach
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tomatoes, diced
- Cook the pasta according to directions on the box. While it is cooking, prep the sausage and peppers.
- Cut the peppers into bite-sized pieces. Do the same with the sausage links.
- Place the sausage into a large skillet over medium heat. Add the peppers to the skillet. Cook until they are softened, stirring frequently.
- Add the baby spinach to the skillet, and add the garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix it all well and continue to cook until the spinach has wilted.
- The pasta should be done by now, so drain in a colander.
- Dice the tomatoes.
- Place the pasta in a plate or bowl, add the sausage, peppers, and spinach, and top with tomatoes.
Jack's Gourmet Sausage
This is my favorite kind of kosher sausage to buy. It's absolutely delicious. The best part is that it's fully cooked so it doesn't take too long to prepare, and I can cook the peppers at the same time to finish preparing dinner even faster. Since the veggies cook with the sausage, there's no need to add any oil to the recipe.
This brand has a bunch of different types of sausage, and I have yet to meet one that I didn't love! No fillers, no MSG, nothing artificial, and no by-products is another perk for me.
I adore bell peppers of all colors. I always have a couple in the house, and often use them in cooking, or just eat them raw. They add a pop of color to any dish, and have some fantastic health benefits.
- Fiber - Peppers are a good source of fiber, which aids in digestion, keeps you full, and can support weight loss.
- Vitamins - Bell peppers provide more than 100% of the recommended allowance of vitamin C, as well as vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin E, iron, and potassium. The high levels of vitamin C can also increase our ability to absorb iron during the digestion process.
- Antioxidants - These can play a role in reducing the risk of developing cancer or heart disease, and protect eye health.
I try to use a variety of colors in my meals, since different colored vegetables can provide different vitamin, minerals, and other nutrients. I used orange peppers in this dish, but it's so easy to add yellow, red, or green peppers as well.
21 Day Fix Container Counts
This meal is 21 Day Fix approved. The container counts per serving are:
- 1 yellow container
- 1 red container
- 2 green containers
This recipe is pretty simple and uses basic ingredients. It's also very easy to spice this up and customize for your needs and personal tastes. Here's some ideas, but I'd love to hear what you come up with as well!
- Adding in different vegetables to get even more nutrients. I personally don't eat onions, but it would be a perfect fit in this recipe.
- Different types of pasta is another easy change. I like rotini because it's easier to get on the fork, but it could work with any other type of pasta, including gluten-free. If you're following a low carb diet, you can skip the pasta or substitute zucchini noodles (zoodles).
- If you aren't a fan of beef, you can use chicken or turkey sausage, or even pork (if you're not kosher). If you don't eat meat at all, sauté some tofu or other meat substitute. There's some good meatless options available, but this dish would also be delicious without any meat. If you're looking to add protein, try quinoa pasta.
- Toppings. The first one that comes to mind is crushed red pepper flakes. If you don't follow a kosher diet, add some grated parmesan on it.
© 2018 Leah
Travel Chef from Manila on July 03, 2018:
Looks delicious! Simple yet very nutritious. I would love to try this one.