Sausage + Spinach + Sweet Pepper Rice + Spicy Bread

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It couldn’t be simpler.
Chop up the veggies. 

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Fry (or grill) up the links.
 

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Broil the bread.

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And toss the spinach with dressing.

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Easy as pie.
(Which is not that easy in reality.  Unless it’s pumpkin.) 
Enjoy!

Italian Sausage with Sweet-pepper Rice and Spinach
Adapted from Martha Stewart Everyday Food
serves: 4

Ingredients:
Long-grain brown rice
1 lb. hot Italian poultry sausage (we used a chicken-turkey mix)
Olive oil
1/2 lb. Brussels sprouts, sliced thin
2 medium bell peppers (any color), chopped finely
1 small yellow onion, chopped finely
coarse salt + ground pepper
6 oz. baby spinach
dressing of choice (we used a Greek Vinaigrette from Wegman’s and loved it) 

Slices of fresh, crusty bread
Seasonings: Extra virgin olive oil, coarse salt, crushed red pepper, garlic powder

Directions:
1) Cook rice according to package directions.  Set aside.
2) Fry sausage in a large skillet until cooked through, about 20 minutes.  Remove from pan and keep warm.
3) Add olive oil to the hot skillet and sauté onion, sprouts and bell peppers until soft and browned.  Add cooked rice to the pan and toss together.  Season well with salt and pepper.
4) In a medium bowl, toss spinach with dressing.  Set aside.
5) For the bread: brush with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt, crushed red pepper, Italian Seasoning and garlic powder.  Broil for 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
6) Slice the sausage and serve with rice, bread and salad.  Enjoy!

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