Monday, June 18, 2012

Fast Food

This is the go-to meal at our house.  Home late from running errands?  Make this.  Tired after a full day of garden and yard work?  This is for supper.  Surprise guests at meal time?  Invite them to stay.  Stove to table in about 30 minutes?  Guess what we're having!  A filling meal for the end of a crazy school day?  Ok, you guessed it...

I try to keep these three ingredients available at all times:  frozen green beans, sausage links, and potatoes.  Simmering together allows the flavors of the sausage to infuse into the beans and potatoes, making this a simple, tasteful and filling one pot dinner.  Flavor is not skimped over and the whole house will fill with the aroma enticing everyone straight to their seat at the dinner table.  Oh, and did I mention that it was easy and fast? 

The name is just as no-nonsense and as simple as the preparation: 

One Dish Dinner

3-4 large white potatoes (or 6-8 red potatoes)
2-3 cups frozen green beans
1 16 oz. pre-cooked sausage link
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and Pepper to taste

Scrub potatoes and dice into 1 1/2 inch cubes, place in large pot.  Cut sausage into 1 inch rounds and place on top of potatoes.  Pour frozen green beans over sausage.  Sprinkle garlic powder over beans.  Pour 2 cups of water over all.  Cover with a lid and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and continue to boil, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are fork tenter, about 15-20 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.

*Fresh green beans are easily substituted for frozen.  Follow recipe as written.  Canned green beans may also be substituted.  Simply add to the pan halfway through the cooking time.

*Yes, all the ingredients have variable amounts.  Increase or decrease according to the number of hungry mouths at your table!

One Dish Dinner with a Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin


  1. We dug our potatoes yesterday...a beautiful bowl full of red and yellows mixed together!

    We also bought green beans from the farmer's market.

    Now I have a question for you...what sausage do you feel okay with feeding to your family?

    haha....never should have made it possible for me to comment I'll pester you on all your posts!

    1. Hooray for garden fresh potatoes! In general, I like to avoid the nitrates and nitrites in pre-packaged meats, but I will also say that we do occasionally cheat. For me, it is about finding a balance and making sure that our meals are heavily-slanted towards the nutrient-dense/healthy side, while recognizing that we just might consume other foods that may not be rated as “top-notch.” Each person has to decide for themselves what ingredients they are comfortable consuming.