I usually don’t feel like standing over a stove preparing an elaborate dinner. At the same time, I want a healthy and delicious meal that looks appealing. I fixed up a clean version of sausage and peppers, using kosher sausage, spinach, bell peppers, and a whole-grain rotini. If you're gluten-free, it can be made with a gluten-free pasta and you're good to go. If you’re a picky eater like I am, it’s really easy to swap out any of the ingredients. I’ve even included a list of substitutions you can make at the bottom of the post, whether it’s for personal preference or dietary needs.
Since I keep kosher (a strict set of religious dietary guidelines), I'm don’t mix meat and dairy, so while this dish would probably be amazing with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese, I had to leave that out, making this a good dairy-free meal. I love cooking things that allow people with dietary restrictions to enjoy them as well.
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves 4
1 package (12 oz) sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/3 box whole-grain rotini, but you can use gluten free pasta if needed
2 bell peppers, diced into bite-sized pieces
1 bag (9 oz) baby spinach
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tomatoes, diced
Cook the pasta according to directions on the box. While it is cooking, prep the sausage and peppers.
Cut the peppers into bite-sized pieces. Do the same with the sausage links.
Place the sausage into a large skillet over medium heat. Add the peppers to the skillet. Cook until the peppers are softened, stirring frequently.
Add the baby spinach to the skillet, and add the garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mix it all well and continue to cook until the spinach has wilted.
The pasta should be done by now, so drain in a colander.
Dice the tomatoes.
Place the pasta in a plate or bowl, add the sausage, peppers, and spinach, and top with tomatoes.
Jack's Gourmet Sausage
This is my favorite kind of kosher sausage to buy. It's absolutely delicious, and the best part? It's fully cooked so it doesn't take too long to prepare, and I can cook the peppers at the same time to finish preparing dinner even faster. Since the veggies cook with the sausage, there's no need to add any oil to the recipe.
This brand has a bunch of different types of sausage, and I have yet to meet one that I didn't love! No fillers, no MSG, nothing artificial, and no by-products is another perk for me.
I adore bell peppers of all colors. I always have a couple in the house, and often use them in cooking, or just eat them raw. They add a pop of color to any dish, and have some fantastic health benefits, like adding fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.
I try to use a variety of colors in my meals, since different colored vegetables can provide different vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. I used orange peppers in this dish, but it's so easy to add yellow, red, or green peppers as well.
21 Day Fix Container Counts
This meal is 21 Day Fix approved. The container counts per serving are:
1 yellow container
1 red container
2 green containers
This recipe is pretty simple and uses basic ingredients. It's also very easy to spice this up and customize for your needs and personal tastes. Here's some ideas, but I'd love to hear what you come up with as well!
Adding in different vegetables to get even more nutrients. I personally don't eat onions, but they would be a perfect fit in this recipe. Mushrooms are another great idea. If you don’t like or can’t eat any of the veggies I used, you can leave it out and use any other vegetable that works for you.
Different types of pasta is another easy change. I like rotini because I find it easier to get on the fork, but it could work with any other type of pasta, including gluten-free. If you're following a low carb diet, you can skip the pasta or substitute zucchini noodles (zoodles). This could also work well served over cauliflower rice.
If you aren't a fan of beef, you can use chicken or turkey sausage, or even pork (if you're not kosher). If you don't eat meat at all, sauté some tofu or other meat substitute. There's some good meatless options available, but this dish would also be delicious without any meat. If you're looking to add protein, try quinoa pasta. Just a heads up — if you skip the beef sausage, add a bit of oil to the pan when you sauté whatever protein you choose.
Toppings. The first one that comes to mind is crushed red pepper flakes. If you don't follow a kosher diet, add some grated parmesan on it.
Feel free to get creative with this one and share your ideas!
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