Sausage Stir Fry is an easy weeknight dinner that can be on the table in about 20 minutes. Made with quality sausage and a load of fresh vegetables, this healthy meal is one you can feel good about feeding the family. Thank you Aidell’s ® Sausage for helping me share this free recipe with you.
Being an active family of six necessitates thoughtful menu planning strategies if I have any hope of avoiding the take-out trap of not-so-healthy weeknight dinners. I have a series of go-to dinners in my arsenal that are perfect for busy weeknights because the recipes are ready in under 30 minutes. Many of the quick and easy recipes are what I like to call Slam Dunk Dinners because every one of my boys will eat them without complaint. When feeding four small men on a regular basis, having a few recipes that everyone eats that venture outside the realm of coconut chicken fingers and spaghetti and meatballs is worth celebrating.
One of our long time favorite quick and easy dinners is a stir fry. As you might know, stir fry refers to a Chinese cooking technique of cooking food by continuously stirring it in a small amount of very hot oil in a wok. The French employ the same cooking method in a skillet and call it sauté. The method of quickly cooking food in hot oil seals in the flavors of the food while preserving much of the color and texture.
One of the things that I love about a good stir fry is that is that the vegetables look so vibrant and yet remain crisp-tender in texture. Besides fresh vegetables, the key to a really great stir fry is including a source quality protein in the mix. While just about any meat will work in a stir fry, my family literally cheers when I use sausage. I love a good sausage, but part of me always thinks of that old quote, “You don’t want to know how the sausage is made.” Finding a quality sausage without a ton of preservatives, fillers, and unpronounceable ingredients can be a challenge. I look for an all natural sausage made with the fewest ingredients possible.
I recently purchased a new (to me) all natural chicken sausage at my local Meijer store. The aroma of cooked sausage permeated the store, so Son #4 insisted that we investigate the source. Meijer was doing in store demonstrations on May 1st featuring Aidells brand sausages. Chef Bruce Aidells started crafting artisan chicken sausage in small batches at home by hand using the most exceptional ingredients he could find. Aidells also takes the same care in making their meatballs. I love that Aidells is gluten free, nitrite free, and made with all natural ingredients, but more importantly, the sausage is absolutely delicious. Since Meijer is running an mPerks coupon promotion for $1 off 1 package of Aidells ® sausage from May 1-28, 2016, I picked up several packages to cook with at home.
The Sons love Chicken and Apple sausage, so I snagged a couple of packs of those, as well as a pack of Cajun Style Andouille to use in slow cooker chicken andouille beans and rice later in the week.
The recipe comes together in almost no time at all. Simply slice up the sausage, sweet bell peppers, and onion. Stir fry the mix until the sausage begins to brown and veggies are beginning to soften. Then stir in the sugar snap peas and sauté for another minute or two until the pea pods brighten in color and the onions begin to caramelize. All told, Sausage Stir Fry only takes about 20 minutes to prepare. Half of the time, I slice up the everything the night before so that it takes even less time to prepare the next day. Sausage Stir Fry is such a crowd pleaser around here that it’s the first dinner that I cooked in our new house before we’d even moved in.
Sausage Stir Fry is an easy weeknight dinner that can be on the table in about 20 minutes. Made with quality Aidell’s ® sausage and a generous amount of fresh vegetables served over whole grains, this healthy meal is one you can feel good about feeding the family. For more easy recipes featuring Aidells products, head over to the recipe section of their website.
Sausage Stir Fry is an easy weeknight dinner that can be on the table in about 20 minutes. Made with quality Aidell’s sausage and a load of fresh vegetables, this healthy meal is one you can feel good about feeding the family.
10 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 12 oz. Aidell’s ® Chicken and Apple Sausage
- 8 oz. miniature sweet bell peppers
- 1 small (1 C. )red onion
- 6 oz. sugar snap peas, trimmed
- 1 Tbs. light olive oil
- 2 1/2 C. hot cooked brown rice or faro
- Sriracha sauce, to taste
- Thinly slice the sausage into 1/8-inch thick rounds
- Remove the stems and seeds from the sweet bell peppers before slicing them lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick strips. Peel the onion and cut it in half lengthwise. Remove and discard the onion root. Cut the onion lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick wedges. Separate the layers of the onion membranes. Trim any woody ends from the sugar snap peas.
- Drizzle olive oil into a hot skillet set over medium-high heat. Sauté the sausage with the peppers and onions until the sausage browns and the onions begin to soften; about 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the sugar snap peas and continue to sauté until the pea pods are crisp-tender, brighten in color, and onions are beginning to caramelize; about 2 minutes more.
- Serve Sausage Stir Fry over a bed of hot cooked brown rice with a drizzle of Sriracha sauce, to taste.
Disclosure: I love sharing quality products that I legitimately purchase and use on a regular basis. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Aidells ®. The opinions and text are all mine.
Nikki Nicodemus says