Hi friends, welcome to week 3 of my month of cooking!
Before I give you my next update, I just have to share my excitement about my newest cooking addition.
This last weekend, Matt and I helped our good friends pack up and move 6 hours away, and if I wasn’t sad enough it was also rainy in normally lovely SoCal. I know all you Californians get so excited about the rain, but this girl just can’t hang with it. I’m all about the sunny beaches.
Anyways, even though it was a downer that they packed up and moved, I got a ton of stuff they didn’t want that I have actually been wanting for a while! God’s provision is a wonderful thing. They all joked I was making out like a bandit, but seriously. Listen to what I got:
- An entire desk and chair that fits perfectly into the empty corner of our living room! Matt has really been wanting a desk to do his never-ending homework on and has
graciously allowedput up with me decorating and sharing it. He’s the best 🙂
- A drying rack – I know it’s super cheap and I could’ve gotten one at Walmart, but I just never got around to it! We don’t have a dishwasher so it is super helpful.
- SO MUCH FOOD. I think we have chicken and beef for a month or two. Thanks friends!
- And, drumroll please….. A SPICE RACK!!! I have been wanting a spice rack basically since I put it on our registry about a year ago. Especially with this cooking challenge. I was even going to spend birthday money to get one even though they are so dang expensive. So you can imagine how pumped I was when my friend asked if I wanted it. #yespleasethanksforsavingme80bucks
I was so glad I got it, and the spices have already come in handy for my latest meal: Grilled Sausage Veggie Medley!
Since we are in a little apartment, we don’t have our own grill, so I had to get resourceful. If there is anything I have learned from my mom about online recipes, it’s to always look at the reviews for modifications. And lucky me, I found a great review that gave me all the info I needed to cook this in the oven! Unfortunately I thought I would be even smarter if I combined different reviews, but we’ll come back to that later. Here’s the ingredients (Not pictured: my favorite frozen garlic cubes):
Notice the spice rack cameo.
Step 1: Trim and halve about 3/4 pound of fresh green beans. Slice a large onion. Quarter a 1/2 pound of red potatoes. Look at me using cooking terms. Next thing you know I’ll be saying things like julienne and baste.
Step 2: Sear about a pound of sausage slices in Worcestershire sauce. I used apple chicken sausage and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it actually tasted great! Pause a moment. Anyone that knows me will attest that I follow recipes to a T. But I am proud to announce that I just threw the sauce on there with no guidelines whatsoever. It’s the little victories.
Step 3: Combine the onion, potatoes, and sausage in a pan lined with foil. Drizzle olive oil and use your handy spices from your new spice rack to season. I used garlic salt, Herbs de Provence, salt, and pepper, and drizzled with olive oil.
Step 4: Thanks to the helpful comment from motherteresa on the recipe, I sautéed the green beans in the sausage juice, a bit of olive oil, a hint of butter and two of my trusty garlic cubes. #yum
Step 5: Mix it all up and cover with tin foil. Here is where I made the mistake of combining another suggestion from someone who also put their mix in the oven vs the grill, but made it a totally different way. The original recipe adds water to the mix so that all the veggies can steam, which another user did. I was afraid there wouldn’t be enough juice for the veggies to steam in the oven, so I added about 1/3 cup of water. Instead it made the onions a bit soggier than I liked, so learn from my mistakes and leave it out! #IthoughtIwassmarter #Iwaswrong
Step 6: Serve with warm bread – the perfect side dish!
- After chopping all the veggies, the recipe doesn’t take long to put together at all! The time it takes to cook anything is my least favorite part so I love things you can throw together, cook or bake, and walk away.
- This meal is 75% fresh veggies but not bland at all!
- Due to thinking I’m a smarter cook than I am, the water I added did make it a little soggy. If I left the water out I think it would’ve been perfect!
Hope you enjoyed my challenge this week, and as always, let me know how it turns out if you make it! Next week is my last cooking challenge, so get ready for the grand finale!