Sausage and Veggie Skillet

This simple sausage and veggies skillet dinner features bell peppers, zucchini, corn, and fresh cilantro. It's an easy and colorful meal that takes only 30 minutes to make and everything is cooked in one pan. It's perfect for meal prep and busy family weeknights!

The Recipe


INGREDIENTS

2 cup corn kernels (3 ears completely cooked)

1 tablespoon olive oil

12 oz sausage cooked, such as cajun sausage, andouille sausage, or smoked sausage

1 large red bell pepper diced

1 large zucchini large, sliced

½ teaspoon chili powder

fresh cilantro chopped


Instructions

Cook sausage

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a cast-iron skillet on medium heat.

Slice cooked sausage into coins and add to the skillet.

Cook on medium heat in a cast-iron skillet for 5 minutes on one side, then flip over and cook for about 3 minutes on the other side. Remove from skillet to a large plate.

You will have oil from the sausage. Leave some oil in the skillet for the veggies. Remove extra oil to a small, heat-proof bowl, and reserve.

Prepare veggies

To the same, now empty, skillet add diced bell pepper, and cook for about 4 minutes on medium heat. You might have to add some of the reserved oil to the skillet to prevent veggies from sticking to the bottom of the pan. Remove cooked bell pepper to the same large plate with sausage.

To the same, now empty, skillet add sliced zucchini, and cook for about 3 minutes on medium heat. You might have to add some of the reserved oil to the skillet to prevent veggies from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Slice corn kernels off the cob with a knife.

Assembly

In the same skillet combine together cooked sausage, cooked bell pepper, cooked zucchini, and cooked corn kernels. Mix everything well. Add reserved oil from cooked sausage, and mix. Add chili powder and reheat on low heat.

Remove from heat. Top with chopped cilantro.


Note: I don't think seasoning this dish with salt is necessary as the sausage is usually quite salty. However, use your best judgment and season with salt, if needed.


What to serve with sausage and veggies skillet

This is a complete meal all on its own and doesn't require any side dishes. However, if you do want some sides, here are a few delicious ideas:

-Rice. Use jasmine rice, flavored rice, and even cauliflower rice as a side dish.

-Quinoa. Prepare a small serving of quinoa and mix together with sausage and veggies.

-Potatoes. Roasted or mashed potatoes will pair well with this dish.

-Bread. Serve this easy recipe with something equally simple, such as a slice of store-bought, warm Italian bread, garlic bread, or olive bread loaf.

-Simple salad. I would suggest a basic spinach or arugula salad, probably sprinkled with toasted nuts, a small amount of shredded Parmesan or crumbled goat cheese, and dressed with your favorite salad dressing!


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