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A Sausage and Rice Skillet Meal for Busy Weeknights!
I follow the kids through the doorway at 4:45 PM, reminding them to hang up their backpacks and empty their lunchboxes. There’s a flurry of winter coats and giggles and hand-washing and “Wednesday Folders” full of flyers and spelling tests. But no dinner in sight.
It’s nearly 5:00 PM – only two short hours til bedtime. Only two short hours to get a family dinner on the table and connect with these kids before they’re tucked in tight.
I open and scan the freezer for something easy. Frozen veggies. Lots and lots of frozen veggies. Then I check the fridge. Leftover white rice from Chinese takeout, cold meat and cheese for the kids lunchbox sandwiches, a bazillion half used salad dressings and sauces. And BINGO: Hillshire Farm® Smoked Sausage!
I stock up on Hillshire Farm® Smoked Sausages when I get groceries at Target, (Pssst… there’s a 20% off all Hillshire Farm® Smoked Sausages Cartwheel Savings Offer at Target until 3/19/2016!) and keep a variety in the fridge just for nights like this. You can choose from the Beef Rope Sausage (12 oz), Beef Polska Kielbasa Sausage 12 oz), Smoked Turkey Rope Sausage (13 oz), or Meat Polska Sausage (14 oz).
I love how it stores well in the fridge, doesn’t take long to cook, and pairs so well with just about anything – hence “Anything Goes!”
This night I grabbed the Hillshire Farm® Beef Rope Sausage, our leftover white rice, some soy sauce, and some frozen veggies from the freezer. Here’s how I managed a one-pan skillet meal in less 30 minutes…
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“Anything Goes!” Sausage and Rice Skillet Meal
- 12 oz Hillshire Farm® Beef Rope Sausage (Or any of the other Hillshire Farm® Smoked Sausage varieties: Beef Polska Kielbasa Sausage, Smoked Turkey Rope Sausage, or Meat Polska Sausage), cut into 1″ pieces
- 1 cup prepared white rice (Or any other type of rice!)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 cup frozen peas & 1 – 2 cups frozen broccoli (Or any frozen veggies in your freezer!)
- a Tablespoon of olive oil or some cooking spray
- a few dashes of soy sauce (Or try another sauce or oil based salad dressing in your fridge!)
- salt and pepper
First, I chopped up an onion, added it and some olive oil to my skillet, and sauteed it over medium heat until soft.
While that was cooking, I cut up my Hillshire Farm® Smoked Beef Sausage into approximately 1″ pieces. Then I added the sausage pieces to the skillet and sauteed them until slightly browned.
I then added in my frozen vegetables and a few splashes of soy sauce, turned the heat down to medium low, and put the lid on to steam and cook a bit. As the vegetable defrost, it adds a bit more liquid, but you could also add a splash of water if needed. The veggies were steamed in about 5 – 7 minutes.
Finally, I stirred in the rice, added some more soy sauce and salt and pepper to taste, and sauteed for just a couple more minutes til everything was warmed through and looked “good enough to eat!”
This recipe isn’t very scientific. It’s a “use what you have in the fridge and freezer” and be creative kind of thing. But that’s what’s so great about it, right?!
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Don’t forget to take advantage of the 20% off Hillshire Farm® Smoked Sausages at Target Cartwheel Offer (expires 3/19/2016) to stock up your fridge for busy weeknights.
What is your go-to busy weeknight meal? Any skillet meal ideas to share? Do you think your kids would like this “Clean Out the Fridge” Sausage and Rice Skillet Meal? Join the conversation in the comments below!
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