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Busy Night Pasta Jambalaya

23 Apr

I thought this past weekend was going to be incredibly busy.  Between a zoo field trip, two baseball games, two gymnastics classes, a birthday party, movies with friends, I assumed we’d have no time to breath.  Well a lucky thing happened.  It rained.  Baseball was cancelled!!!  I shouldn’t feel elated when that happens, after all, the season just started, but I was!  A busy weekend instantly turned into a free weekend.  I capitalized on that immediately!  I read!  I don’t  normally get to read during the day, but I found myself on the couch with The Hunger Games Trilogy.  I finished books two and three over the weekend!  Holy Cow!  Why did I wait so long to read these!  They are wonderfully written.  So many twists and turns.  I couldn’t put them down!  Which meant my family was going to suffer when it came to dinner.  I simply didn’t have time to whip up my usual gourmet meals (you can totally hear the sarcasm in that statement can’t you??).  I had to rely on a quick stand by and a family favorite: Pasta Jambalaya.  I always have these ingredients in my house, you probably do too or can adapt the recipe to fit what you do have in your home.  It’s quick, it’s tasty, it’s perfect for a busy night.

Pasta Jambalaya

Serves 4

1 lb  angel hair pasta

1 tbs olive oil

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1/2 cup diced onion

1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 15 oz can diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon cajun seasoning

1 lb Kielbasa or smoked sausage,sliced

Cook pasta according to package directions.  Meanwhile, in  a large skillet,  cook onions in olive oil until soft and translucent.  Add garlic and cook for one minute.  Add drained black beans and cajun seasoning.  Cook for about two minutes until black beans just begin to soften.  Add in canned tomatoes, juice and all.  Let mixture come to a boil and add sliced sausage.  Let simmer on low for 10 minutes.  Serve over cooked angel hair.  Top with cheese or hot sauce.

recipe adapted from Cooking Light


Grilled Chicken Sausage with Cream Cheese and Jalapeño Slaw

15 Apr

Summer is in the air. It is sunny today and in the upper 70’s. We are happy. My neighbors are so happy, that they are opening their pool today….on April 15th?? Oh, well, it’ll be their shivering behinds not mine. But I do know where they are coming from. After spring break, we are all just ready. Ready for the pool, warmer weather, and to play outside from morning to dusk. We are ready to catch fireflies, watch butterflies and gaze at the stars. We are just waiting in anticipation for the sound of lawn mowers, sprinklers, and the ice cream truck. Oh the ice cream truck. I do NOT like the ice cream truck, its my dinner time nemesis. Nothing grinds our evening meal to a halt quite like the ice cream truck. Because of course that’s when it comes. I’ll be more specific. We hear the first unmistakable notes of The Entertainer sometime between me telling my daughter to eat with her fork not with her hands and me yelling at my son to stop talking and start eating. This happens almost nightly without fail. It’s uncanny. There’s this slow motion moment where forks pause slightly in mid-air, ears perk up and one of my kids shouts “Ice Cream Truck!!!!”. Now, the truck is several blocks away mind you, but the notes are just the perfect pitch for a child’s sensitive ears. Suddenly it’s chaos. Chairs are turning over, silver ware is rattling, my dog is barking like mad. I’m yelling at everyone to sit back down, but it is futile. They are focused on one thing only. They grab their hard-earned allowance money and run for the curb. And wait. And wait. And wait. Until finally that tinny music coming from those worn out speakers finally approaches. Money and ice cream exchange hands. My children return to the kitchen grinning with satisfaction. Since they are good kids, they promptly put their loot in the freezer and return to their now cold meals. But they eat with a new-found zeal. Victory has made them hungry.

In honor of summer, I decided to get out of the kitchen and grill something easy. I loved this recipe. The cream cheese sounds odd, but it’s a nice contrast to the hot sausage and the spicy slaw. You could certainly omit it if you prefer.

Grilled sausage with jalapeño slaw and cream cheese

1 package chicken sausage ( such as Johnsonville Pork and Chicken Sausage)

2 cups broccoli slaw mix

1 large jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped

1 tbs stone ground mustard

2 tbs cider vinegar

3 tbs olive oil

½ tsp salt


very soft cream cheese

Grill Sausage on a pre heated grill for 15-20. In the last minute of grilling, add your hot dogs buns, to toast.

While sausage is grilling, combine broccoli slaw mix, jalepeno, mustard, vinegar and oil. Add salt and pepper, adjusting the seasoning to your tastes. Stir well. Set aside.

Smear very softened cream cheese onto your toasted hot dog bun. Add sausage and pile on slaw mixture!

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