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
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