Today, between 3 O’clock this afternoon and 5 p.m., I danced around to my favorite tunes.
While dancing, I took to the kitchen and cooked two meals. One for my family (hubby, our 14-year-old son, and G’mom Dynamite) and one for me.
The purpose of this post is to demonstrate that cooking doesn’t have to boring, laborious, or time-consuming. The hardest task is deciding what to cook and how much time you want to spend cooking.
Cooking is fun but I don’t like complicated recipes that require major prepping and using expensive and exotic ingredients that I probably won’t use on a regular basis.
So what’s the deal for dinner? …something for them that included meat and a meatless dinner for me.
I decided on mozzarella chicken sausage for them. I’m not crazy about buying the pre-cooked stuff so to balance the meal out, I decided to add an abundance of colorful and nutritious veggies to the dish.
I sautéed one red and one orange pepper, one jalapeno pepper and one large sweet onion in olive oil. To be honest with you, I really wanted to hog the veggies for myself but I know I needed to add them to the meat. The meat by itself… was not an option.
In another pan, I sautéed the chopped chicken sausage, then added the veggie blend, chopped tomatoes, and finally the fresh baby-leaf spinach.
After adding the spinach, I stirred the ingredients together for about five minutes; then turned the heat off. Oh my gosh! Look how beautiful this dish is.
So, what else was cooking? Since I wanted a meatless meal, I cooked brown rice with turmeric for me. Earlier in the day, I tossed one onion, two jalapeno peppers, ginger, black-eyed peas, and vegetable broth in the crock pot. I also seasoned the peas with garlic powder, Himalayan salt, and black pepper. I cooked the BEP on high for five hours.
My cousin stopped by and sampled the… I’ll call it… Mozzarella chicken sausage and veggie dish. Instead of eating the bow tie pasta that I made for my family, she tried a little of it over the rice and gave it two thumbs up.
This plate is G’mom Dynamite’s plate. She enjoyed the kale (yay, more veggies) with the sausage over the bow-tie pasta. She also sampled the black-eyed peas. 🙂
My son and hubby enjoyed the dish without the black-eyed peas.
Finally! Here’s my meatless meal. Home made black-eyed peas over brown rick with turmeric and a side of kale.
Dinner is served and everyone is happy!! Except for the crock pot dish, everything was cooked in under two hours and… I also burned more calories while dancing and cooking.
For the readers who don’t like cooking, trust me, you can do this!
Thanks for stopping by and remember…. Keep it moving!