It only took me approximately twenty years of cooking for myself to figure out that the most flavorful foods often have the most color. Honestly, I think it helped once I had my own children, and realized that if anyone was going to introduce them to healthy foods, it was going to have to be me. We certainly eat our fair share of pizza, burgers, and desserts (we have a great dessert category here on the blog), but I also began, when my boys were very young, to introduce them to things that added flavor and nutrition, without making the food “worse” for you. Sometimes those added flavors and colors are obvious and simple, like green peppers and carrots in their salad. Sometimes they’re more subtle, like finely chopped fresh spinach in their spaghetti sauce. Now that they’re older, I don’t have to be as sneaky. In fact, they love dishes like this one with bold flavors, a bit of spiciness. I love the flavors, too – and I particularly love that this is quick and easy to throw together. ~Tracy
- 12 oz. baby yellow potatoes, halved
- ½ of a medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- ½ of a medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
- ½ of a medium red onion, thinly sliced
- 1 small jalapeno pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced
- ½ lb. frozen green beans, thawed
- 12 oz. fresh or frozen broccoli florets (if frozen, allow to thaw)
- 13 oz. smoked turkey sausage, thinly sliced
- ¾ c. shredded Parmesan
Boil the potatoes in salted water until they just begin to become fork tender. Drain and set aside.
Spray large, deep skillet with cooking spray. Sauté the turkey sausage with jalapeno until sausage just begins to brown. Add bell peppers, onion, and garlic.
Continue to sauté on low heat until peppers and onions begin to soften.
Add green beans, broccoli, and potatoes to the skillet.
Cover and continue cooking on low to heat until broccoli and green beans are tender. Hint – I like to use a glass lid during this process so that I can keep an eye on the broccoli and green beans as they steam cook.
Remove skillet from heat and allow to begin to cool for two to three minutes. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the mixture and toss together.
Makes 5 servings at 6 WW Freestyle points each.