Throw Together Dinner

Last week I ran into a dinner problem when we ran out of leftovers. How that even happens, I'm not sure. Anyway, it pretty much turned into a YOYO meal (You're On Your Own--got that one from my one of my sweet mother-in-laws). Left with just a random assortment of stuff, my creative endeavor turned into a pretty awesome dinner, if I do say so myself. 

Sausage Skillet Mess

  • 1/2 pound of sausage (Kielbasa worked well) 
  • 1 -2 Tbl spn of olive oil --> I added extra after I added the veggies 
  • 1/4 cup of onion diced
  • 1 small zucchini sliced 
  • 1 medium carrot sliced
  • 1/4 cup of bell pepper chopped (red and green do well, but select what strikes your fancy!)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes (canned)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of cooked rice
  • 1 clove of garlic 
  • 1-2 tps of seasoned salt
  • 1-2 tps of Tony Chachere's (Creole Seasoning) 
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 Tbl spn of parmesan cheese (cheddar or mozzarella would good, too!) 

Recipe makes enough for 2-3 servings, double up everything for a bigger helping! 

  1. Start a pot of rice ahead of time--you'll add it in to the skillet at the end of the recipe. 
  2. Heat up a skillet with your olive oil on medium, add your sliced sausage and let it start browning, stirring occasionally. 
  3. After a few minutes, add in onions, carrots and zucchini. Season veggies with 1/2 the seasoned salt and some pepper. As veggies start to soften, add bell pepper and garlic as well. 
  4. Once you see the sausage is really starting to brown nicely, add in the diced tomatoes, the rest of seasoned salt and Tony Chachere's. Stir to pick up all the goodness and drippings and let it cook for a minute or two, bubbling just a bit. (I like to taste test the veggies here, make sure the seasoning is just right and veggies are cooked right) 
  5. Turn the heat down low, add in the rice, stirring to mix together. If too dry, add more tomatoes and juice as needed.
  6. Add the cheese and stir, mixing all together.
  7. Service it up hot and enjoy! 

It's pretty darn delicious and makes for a pretty good meal the next day, too. I was too hungry to wait and take a picture so all you'll see is the leftovers. So. freaking. amazing! 

If can't find a jar of Tony Chachere's in your cabinet, two things: 

1. Go out and buy some now. You won't regret it!

2. Use this copycat recipe from to use in the meantime.

Amazing leftovers. So good, even Penny was hoping for a bite! 

Amazing leftovers. So good, even Penny was hoping for a bite! 

Happy Saturday, everyone! Hope you're enjoying your down time and doing something fun!