Thursday, March 1, 2012

Simple, Satisfying Dinner

It's funny; but, when you're a kid you don't really appreciate the meals your parents provide.  I remember many a dinner where I begrudgingly ate something I didn't like.  Things like spaghetti or meatloaf.  Actually, the latter I still don't like.
My mom used to make us this dish of breakfast sausages cooked in a pan, then topped with diced tomatoes and served over rice.  At the time, it seemed odd and while I would eat it; I never really enjoyed it.

Fast forward 20 years and I now have my own family to feed.  On a whim, I decided to try this simple meal that I turned my nose up at as a child; only to learn that it was really good.  The best part?  Mr. Twingle and the kids like it too!

Wait, what?  EVERYONE likes it?  Who new a simple and satisfying meal could be so loved.  In fact, I often have them fighting over second and third servings!  

For an affordable, simple and satisfying meal, I suggest you give it a try.

For my family of five here is what I use:

3 packages plain breakfast sausages (approx 30 links)
1 can low-sodium diced tomatoes (you can also use fresh)
1 package Uncle Ben's garlic & butter rice; but any rice would do.

Pan-sear breakfast sausages until cooked through, approx 7 minutes on med-high heat.
Add in tomatoes, stir, cover pan and reduce heat.  Simmer for 10 min.
In separate saucepan, make up rice according to package directions.

Heap rice onto plates and top with sausages & tomatoes.  Serve with your favourite vegetable side (ours is a tossed salad) and voilà, a delicious meal for under $20.

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