Merry Christmas ;)

So with all this talk of beets lately (had to bring this pic back friends haha 😛 )

happybeetpic

….and because I think am ready to venture out to a new beet dish idea  (don’t know if any of these will top the balsamic/feta/onion/beet combo – but I’m willing to give it a shot)

….I’ve  found a few recipes on CookingLight.com to make using our beet friends! 🙂   You just may be seeing one of these in the near future, who knows?

Well, anywho, my workout with Elise was a yoga-riffic as usual… and the new jigsaw mats (firm but cushioned, ahhh yes!) in the exercise room are awesome paired with my new yoga mat !  Twas a great workout, feelin’ calm & lean 😉

room

Onto what we all are craving, dinner!

Tonight was planned to be an easier night in the ol’ kitchen for this lady since I knew I may not get home til later… so what else than chicken sausages w/ peppers & onions (this was The Man’s one request this week) and some easy peasy saffron rice 🙂

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Before we get started friends, check out some great facts about these fantastic Al Fresco All Natural Chicken Sausages! that I have recently fallen in love with!

  •  All natural (!!)    
  • 70% less fat than traditional pork sausages 
  • No nitrates, nitrites, or artificial flavors

Plus they’re are available in 12 flavors (some fully cooked) yea, woah! 🙂

  • Sweet Apple (had these the other night, they are to die for!)
  • Sweet Italian
  • Roasted Garlic
  • Roasted Pepper & Asiago
  • Spicy Jalapeno (did someone say chili?!)
  • Teriyaki Ginger
  • Sundried Tomato & Basil
  • Spinach & Feta
  • Buffalo Style
  • Mango Chipotle
  • Buffalo Style (ummm The Man may be in heaven if I can find these!)
  • Apple Maple Breakfast Sausage
  • Country Style Breakfast Sausage
  • Wild Blueberry Breakfast Sausage (need to find this now!)

Pretty impressive?!  I found these at Kroger, however they didn’t have each flavor listed on the website but I am going to be on the hunt for more of these around town fo’ sure!

K – so here goes

Step 1 – Chop up the peppers & onions (I like larger pieces for this dish) and saute them in some EVOO (1 tblsp is ALL you need folks!) for about 25 minutes on medium to medium-high until they are soft and tender, stirring occasionally.  Remember to add some water if they start to stick a lil’ (lowfat trick!) and always salt/pepper for flavor 🙂

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Merry Christmas? 😉

Step 2:  Slice up the fully cooked sausages and brown them up in a pan (spray with cooking spray) for about 6 minutes over medium heat

sausage

Then, once the onions and peppers have started to caramalize, throw the cooked sausages in and mix together – flava fiesta! 🙂

combined

Ummm friends – these chicken sausages are SO GOOD!!  They beat TJ’s – and you know I am serious if I say that 🙂

Alongside I made this Mahatma saffron yellow rice, which if you haven’t tried before please go do so now!  An ex-boyfriend (shhh don’t tell The Man 😦 ) introduced me to this fancy sounding product and I have never gone back peeps.  It is SO FLAVORFUL and literally costs like $1 in the store, no jokes here.

Check out the brilliant yellow color – boo yah!  I had some leftover chicken broth from the other night, so made it using this for extra oomph (like it needed it?)

rice

 I knew that rice had to be topped with some of my main man Tom Leonard’s fresh salsa (omg so good)

salsa

Could these ingredients get any better – I think not!

And some RF sour cream of course 🙂

All together now!

plate

Things that make me fall in love with a weeknight (or any) meal = healthy, delicious, fresh, easy, fast…. you catch my drift friends 😉

So tomorrow I am meeting up with an old friend for lunch, we are tying a new place called Noodles & Company.  I would love to know if anyone has been to one of these, and if so, any recommendations?!  You can see their menu here – looks like they gots lots o’ variety!

Alright, I gotta go watch the Yankees get a beat down the Yankees/Angels game and some trashy MTV as well – The Man is playing video games downstairs so Lucy Dog and me are camping out and having some quality gal time 😉

Have a wonderful evening you awesome friends and see you tomorrow for humpday!

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11 responses to “Merry Christmas ;)

  1. haha did you just use the term lean in a blog post? What did you go to school for girl? I went to school for Industrial Engineering so this term is near and dear to my heart ;). Great looking din din. Love all the spices

  2. haha I was an accounting major… is there a correlation? — oh geeze i am such an uber-nerd hahaha 😉

  3. love your new yoga home studio! I wish mine was like that… I do not have a lot of space. My yoga sessions are always interesting… LOL.

    • Thanks! I was doing yoga/work outs in the den and I would slip around on the rug (uhhh scary hahaha) and have to move furniture to do it and what a pain! The Man and I finally got this room cleared out and he got it set up for me, so awesome 🙂

  4. I think Trader Joe’s has a version of the buffalo ones.

    • Hmmmm good thing I think I’m headed over there this weekend, on the lookout for (1) dark chocolate crisps (hello yum!) and (2) roasted red pepper hummus…. may as well add this to the list! 🙂

  5. I’ve seen those ‘sausages’ and really want to try the ape flavor.

    Ohhh Noodles. I ate there at least once a week in high school and college.

    By far the most amazing thing there, hands down, is the Mac and Cheese. Guilty pleasure.

    One of my favorites is the Bangkok Curry with extra veggies.

    Enjoy!

  6. We’re a bit fan of those sausages too, including my daughter – never fail to pick up a package or three when I’m at Trader Joe’s. Dinner looks delish!

  7. Gah! And of course that should say “big fan” not bit. 😉

  8. You might even be able to talk me into trying beets!! And that sausage sounds/looks uh-MAZing!!!

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