Monday, November 18

Good Eating Monday: Lazy Sunday Dinner

Greetings!  Almost Thanksgiving? What will you be cooking?
For ourselves, I plan on slow-cooking turkey thighs and making some stuffing, which we'll eat before and after Thanksgiving.
On the actual Thanksgiving Day, I'll be baking up several pans of Stouffer's Lasagna to take up to the Airman's Center on base, where we'll be hosting football & munchies. I'll also make my famous Pumpkin Cake, which is really dutch pumpkin pie in a 10 x 13 pan, so I can cut it into neat squares.
Our leadership team and others attending are being asked to bring various snacks for the events.
Table games in the kitchen where the pool table is will also be an option.

Today's Good Eating recipe is one from Pinterest I tried called, "Lazy Sunday Dinner."
Basically it's just sausages & assorted veggies baked in a 10 x 13 pan, though I made several adjustments in it to make it simpler.
I mean, who wants to peel potatoes? All the vitamins are in the skin! Plus cutting up the links makes them cook quicker.
It's pretty much a throw-whatever-into-a-pan-and-bake-it meal.
So here's my version of a "Lazy Sunday Dinner":

Either 1 pack fresh Italian sausage of your preferred meat type or any Kielbasa1 1/2 cups baby carrots1 bell pepper, any color, cut into strips (or use 1 cup frozen pepper strips.)1 lb red potatoes or russet, unpeeled, but cut in large cubes
1 large onion, cut into large quarters
1 fennel bulb cut into chunks (or you can substitute turnips or omit.)
2 gloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp Italian herb (or just a mix of Oregano & Basil in same portion)
1/2 cup Italian dressing
Salt & Pepper
(Other veggies options: sweet potato or winter squash, peeled and cut into chunks or Rutabaga. Even beets, cleaned and cut up. You can replace the bell pepper or add it to it zucchini or broccoli also.)

Add all cut up vegetables to an oil sprayed 10 x 13 baking pan. Shake salt and pepper over veggies. Mix Italian herbs & minced garlic into Italian dressing, then drizzle over veggies & toss veggies to coat.
*If you bought fresh, uncooked
 sausage, brown it in a frying pan on all sides, then slice up and mix into veggies.
*For precooked sausage or kielbasa, just slice up and mix in veggies.

*Or use any left-over meat you have on hand.
Once meat and veggies are combined, cover pan with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then remove foil and bake another 15 to 20 minutes, till veggies are all tender.
That's it!  Enjoy!
Eat up, me hearties, yo-ho!

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