Thursday, January 14, 2010

What's For Dinner?

I ask myself this question everyday! Obviously, I'm not the organized little homemaker who has her meal plans all in order. I wish I was...and I've tried...but for me it's unrealistic.

So yesterday I was thumbing through a new cookbook I got recently, Grain-Free Gourmet by Jodi Bager and Jenny Lass, and decided to try a new recipe for dinner! It took me two hours to make this so start it early, but it was so worth it! It was delicious!

This recipe is gluten free, egg free, nut free, and dairy free so if you are on a restricted diet this recipe is great for you. But even if you aren't, you and your family are really going to enjoy this healthy meal! My 4 year old gave this one a thumbs up!

One-pot Chicken and Sausage
Serves 6


12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
salt and black pepper
oil for browning
4 spicy sausages
1 onion, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
6 cups chopped napa cabbage
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried basil
15 mini white button mushrooms
(or very coarsely chopped larger ones)
2 cups baby spinach


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees

2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a little oil in a large pot and brown the chicken in 2 to 3 batches.

3. When the chicken is browned on both sides, remove and place in a large casserole dish with a lid.

4. In the same pot, brown the sausages. Slice each sausage into 4 or 5 pieces and add to the casserole dish.

5. Add the onion and garlic to the pot and cook until translucent.

6. Add the tomato juice and bring to a boil.

7. Stir in the cabbage, rosemary, and basil.

8. Cover and bake for 40 minutes.

9. Remove from the oven and turn the oven to broil.

10. Add the mushrooms and spinach to the casserole dish and stir to combine.

11. Return to the oven and continue baking uncovered for 5 minutes.

12. Remove from the oven. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary before serving.


**One bit of advise though, our meal was a bit crispy because I thought I had 5 minutes while the casserole was on broil to scrapbook. Not a good idea!!! Keep an eye on it in the oven on broil because it may not need a whole 5 minutes. Your husband will probably let you know if he smells it burning but he won't go and get it out of the oven for you!


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