Crazy busy weeks call for cooking and baking during the weekend. Each week we plan a menu for dinner and other things like granola or bread while making our grocery list. It helps us utilize any sales or coupons, eat healthier, save money, make the grocery trip more efficient, and best of all…leaves no questions of “What am I going to make for dinner tonight?!” Ugh, I had that question if it is 5:00 p.m. and I haven’t planned. That’s when I don’t like cooking.
This weekend we made this Spicy Turkey Sausage Pasta, Black Bean Burgers, Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread, Energy Bites, and Turkey Chili. The pasta and turkey chili freeze really well so we portioned some for the week and froze the rest. Black bean burgers last well in the fridge and are great for quick weeknight meal. Well…and energy bites. Of course. My husband can’t get enough of these.
As much as I like to be in the kitchen, it is the last thing I want to do when I am at the hospital all day and then class all night. Cooking ahead for the week also helps keep healthy eating on a straight and arrow path for the week. I think we can all agree that it is all too easy to eat unhealthy when time is limited and we are busy.
Try this pasta dish for an easy weeknight meal, or better yet, prepare it on Sunday for dinner on Monday and freeze the remaining portions.
Spicy Turkey Sausage Pasta
Recipe Adapted from: Kevin & Amanda
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb. smoked turkey sausage (i.e. Johnsonville or Butterball)
- 1 cup onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups water
- 1, 10 ounce can Ro-Tel tomatoes and green chiles
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 8 ounces 100% whole-wheat pasta
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onions
Add the olive oil to an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the diced onion and sliced smoked sausage. Cook until the sausage is lightly brown, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Add the water, tomatoes, cream, pasta, and pepper and stir. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer until the pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.
Remove skillet from heat and stir in 1/2 cup cheese. Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with green onions. Broil in the oven until the cheese is melted, spotted brown, and bubbly.
Nutrition Facts, per serving: 400 calories, 18 grams fat, 1045 mg sodium, 43 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams sugar, 20 grams protein