Uh oh, nothing planned for dinner? The family is hangry and you’re tired, what are you to do?
If you have a few simple ingredients, then a skillet dinner is a super convenient and nutritious way to conquer that final task of the day – dinner on the table. Done!
Here’s a dish that is so incredibly simple to throw together that it always shocks me when I take that first bite and the savory flavors collide on my tongue. It really should be more difficult to create breakfast skillet magic than this…check out the step by step in the video below.
In this recipe I used a combination of sweet potatoes, bell peppers, onion and sliced (fully cooked) sausage along with some magical spices to create a satisfying and very easy dinner.
Now I understand that you’re rifling through the fridge right now and you may not have all of these ingredients – that’s AOK. Simply chop and throw in the veggies that you have and add in whatever cooked meat that you have. Another great option, if you don’t have any meat, is to serve with poached eggs.
If you haven’t ever poached an egg, have no fear because it’s actually a very simple process. To poach an egg is to cook it in boiling water without its shell until the white is firm and the yolk is still soft. Here are three key factors that will ensure that your poached eggs turn out perfectly plump instead of stringy and soggy:
1. Use very fresh eggs. The quickest way to find out if an egg is fresh is to place it whole in a bowl of water and watch if it sinks or floats. The sinkers are fresh; the floaters are old. Since eggshells are porous, older eggs have a looser seal, hence the sinking act.
2. Use a little vinegar. A splash of vinegar in the poaching water increases the rate at which the egg whites firm, and reduces the chances of the feathering.
3. Use a ramekin. First crack your fresh egg into a ramekin (or small bowl) and then slip the egg into the simmering water from the ramekin.
- 3 sweet potatoes
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ½ Tablespoons Cajun seasoning
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 Tablespoons coconut palm sugar
- 4 bell peppers, combo of green, yellow, orange and red
- 1 yellow onion
- 6 links of Chicken Sausage
- Wash and peel the sweet potatoes. Chop into small cubes. Place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the sweet potato cubes and sprinkle with the Cajun seasoning, sea salt and palm sugar. Mix and cook for 15 minutes, until crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Wash the bell peppers, seed and chop into cubes. Chop the onion and slice the sausage. Add the bell pepper and onion pieces to the sweet potato skillet and cook for 12 minutes, until tender. Add in the chicken sausage and cook for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!