Sausage and Veggie Skillet Meal

This simple dish proves the assertion that comfort food can be fast, delicious, and loaded with veggies.  

Prep time:  10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Serves:  4-6

1 pound ground Italian sausage meat
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning (or a mixture of oregano, basil, rosemary & thyme)
2 large carrots, 1/4 inch slices (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups fresh green beans cut into 1/2 inch pieces
3-4 scallions, white and light green parts in 1/4 inch dice, dark green parts reserved for another use
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 1/2 to 2 cups corn kernels (about two ears) 

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the sausage, Italian seasoning, and carrots.  Cook for 5 minutes, stirring, then add the scallions, green beans, and garlic.  Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring, or until the sausage is just done and the carrots and beans are beginning to turn tender.  Add the corn and cook for 3 minutes, stirring.  Season to taste with salt and pepper

Serve as is, or over pasta or rice.  A glass of rosé would also be nice.

Variation: Make it vegetarian by omitting the sausage.  You could also add mushrooms regardless of whether you're using the sausage, add them with the green beans.

Tip:  Add leftovers to chicken or vegetable stock, along with a handful of rice or pasta, for a quick and hearty soup

Photo and Recipe by Tod Dimmick

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