Monday, August 4, 2008

Meal Ideas....

I decided to add a category for meal ideas. Just simple, plain, everyday meals.

I've had a few requests for 'just something different' and remember raising 5 kids and when I would ask 'What does everybody want for supper?' They all wanted something different and they all wanted the same old boring thing we had last week. You know how it is. Man, it would have been great, back in the day, to just jump on the computer and get a new idea for a meal!

I would love some new ideas myself, so feel free to leave a comment with your own meal ideas!

One of my kids' favorites over the years was simple smoked sausage with potatoes and veggies. My daugther, who is a new mother, recently asked me how to make this, what I used, etc., and so I wanted to include it on here for my starter meal idea.

I do have to say, again, back in the day (before I knew what I know about fats), I usually made fried potatoes as a side. I can not tell you the last time I made or ate fried potatoes! I can feel my arteries clogging just from thinking about them. HA! Honestly, if I made fried potatoes, my husband would probably take me somewhere to get me checked - he can't eat fatty, greasy food very often anymore either.

Anyhoodle, I am who I am, so I buy, you guessed it, TURKEY smoked sausage (can't remember the brand, but it's in a green package if that helps LOL). Really, you can't tell the difference and my hubby actually prefers the turkey kind.

Slice the smoked sausage into 1/4" or so pieces, so you'll have a bunch of round pieces of smoked sausage.
Add olive oil (I use Smart Balance olive cooking oil) to a skillet to brown the smoked sausage pieces in

Dice potatoes into 1/2" or so squares and boil in water (like making mashed potatoes). Drain potatoes and add butter (I use Smart Balance Lite Olive Oil butter/spread) and top with a few bacon bits or chives - just to add some flavor since you aren't mashing with milk and butter

Grilled asparagus works great with this meal - but, I do like to splurge just a little and have 'Ranch Style' beans, because I like to put the juice on my smoked sausage.

**try your own variations on sides


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