Hunk of Meat Monday: Bowtie Pasta and Sausage

Have you ever become obsessed with something? So obsessed it makes the people you life with crazy. This bowties and sausage recipe brings to light two obsessions in the Beyer household: a pot and smoked sausage.

Bowties and sausage | Beyer BewareThe pot is my obsession. It is the Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron 3-1/2-Quart Round French Oven in cherry. Big enough for a one pot wonder for a family of 4 but small enough that I can actually lift it up with a meal in it. Obsessed. You may remember if you follow me on Instagram when I lost my mind at the Le Creuset outlet.
Le Creuset Outlet in South CarolinaAnd the smoked sausge…that would be my daughter. She is a healthy eater who finds higher end meats more desirable. I can’t say I blame her. Except for smoked sausage. She could eat her weight in smoked sausage. So, when I saw this recipe in the Good-For-You Everyday Meals Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch, I knew that at least one person in my family would be simply in love. And boy was I right. Big hit at the dinner table and once again it was a quick prep.

smoked sausage with onion and pepper
Simple ingredients with the smoked sausage, onions and peppers. Slice them all up and get them going in the skillet. Notice I have cheese filled sausage. Use what you like. All beef, jalapeño, skinless, not skinless, all will work just fine. Slice the sausage, pepper and onion up and get sautéing.

Sausage with onions and peppers While the sausage and veggies are cooking, get your pasta cooking. I have a favorite gluten free pasta that I used. The original recipe called for bowtie pasta. Again, use what you have on hand.

My favorite gluten free pastaCook according to the package directions, drain and add to the sausage and veggies.

Gluten free pasta with sausage onions and peppersAdd beef broth to the pot and stir together. Serve to your hungry family with some buttered bread and big glasses of milk.

pot of pasta and smoke sausageLove this recipe and want some more like it? Go check out the giveaway for the Gooseberry Patch Cookbook!

Bowties and Sausage

Rating: 41

Bowties and Sausage

This quick and easy bowties and sausage recipe is one of my daughter's favorites. Serve with some buttered bread and fill your family's bellies.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces of bowtie pasta
  • 1 Tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 pound of Italian pork sausage or smoked sausage cut in 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or pan over medium heat and add sausage, onion and pepper. Cook until sausage is fully cooked and vegetables are tender.
  2. Drain any grease or fat and return to pan.
  3. Cook pasta according to package directions while sausage and vegetables cook. Drain.
  4. Add beef broth to sausage and vegetables and bring to a boil.
  5. Stir in cooked pasta.
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Gooseberry Patch’s Good-For-You Everyday Meals Giveaway

With the weather FINALLY warming up, I can feel the winter comfort food lingering as we all reintroduce ourselves to the outdoors. Planting lettuce and other cool weather plants in the garden is also motivating for me to think about eating a little more consciously. The latest cookbook from Gooseberry Patch, Good-For-You Everyday Meals, is just what this good weather ordered.

Good For You Everyday Meals Cookbook

The cookbook has over 200 fresh-tasting recipes the whole family will love. Here is a peak at a few recipes I made for my family. They were lick the bowl good!

bowties and sausage Fort Worth Bean DipQuick Spicy Beef burritos on corn tortillasThe cookbook is laid out easy for you to find the right kind of dish. Plus it includes a recipe index in the back.

Good-For-You Everyday Meals table of content If this isn’t enough to convince you, checkout these other reviews of the cookbook.

Threaded Together

A Latte with Ott, A

Homesteaders Heart

Goodeness Gracious

Well Seasoned Life

Delightful Country Cookin’

Grammas in the Kitchen

Susie QTpies Cafe

Girl with blog

Want to win it, just leave a comment! Let me know what you do to make your recipes more healthy or one of your favorite healthy recipes. If you leave a comment you are entered. The giveaway will end April 12 at 11:59 pm. Don’t delay!!

I received two copies of the cookbook for free from Gooseberry Patch. One to keep and one to giveaway. Opinions on the cookbook are all mine. 

Quick Spicy Beef Burritos

We can all pretend that we are always ready to whip up a meal for our starving kids. But, after being on the road or on a plane for a month straight, I would rather everyone just make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

When I came across the recipe for quick spicy beef burritos in my latest Gooseberry Patch Cookbook I am reviewing on the way home from a week on the beach, I knew even my kicking and screaming bad attitude towards cooking right now could handle it.

Quick Spicy Beef burritos on corn tortillasThe great thing about this recipe is Beyer pantry friendly ingredients.

Quick Spicy Beef Burritos Recipe

Don’t we all have refried beans, diced tomatoes and chilies and taco seasoning in bulk? Or just me?

Taco Meat add ins

Of course, I always have literally hundreds of pounds of meat just laying around in one of my two chest freezers. I get the frozen pound of ground beef going with a quarter cup of diced onions.

Browning beef for burritosOnce the beef is browned, drained of any excess grease, add those tomatoes, beans and seasoning.

Quick Spicy Beef Burrito FillingsStir to combine and let simmer for several minutes. And I dare you not to steal a bite.

Beef Burrito FillingYou will notice my spoon is missing from my awesome Fighting Illini spoon rest.

Quick Beef Burrito filling with Illini spoon restNow, stop sneaking bites and start assembling. For a healthier option, grab whole wheat tortillas. If you are gluten free, go for the corn. If you are me and you are going with what you have, you will use run of the mill flour tortillas for the family.

Quick beef burritos

Add shredded cheese and roll up tortillas and serve.

Quick Spicy Beef burritos on corn tortillasNotice, I have some corn tortillas in the mix. And if you like more filling in your burritos, go for it. Add some guacamole. It’s healthy!

Quick Spicy Beef BurritosLooking for healthier ideas for any night of the week? Come back tomorrow and register to win this Good-For-You Everyday Meals Cookbook from Gooseberry Patch. Or go buy it now!

Quick Spicy Beef Burritos

Yield: 5

Serving Size: 1 burrito

Quick Spicy Beef Burritos

Lovers of Tex-Mex food looking for a change of pace from regular tacos will fall in love with these quick spicy beef burritos.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/4 c. diced onion
  • 1-1/4 ounce package of taco seasoning
  • 16 ounce can refried beans
  • 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. In a skillet over medium heat, brown beef with onion.
  2. Drain off any excess grease and stir in the taco seasoning, beans and tomatoes and chilies. Simmer for five minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Warm up flour tortillas or crisp up corn tortillas and fill with beef filling.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese and then roll up and serve immediately.
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This recipe is from a cookbook given to me by Gooseberry Patch. The recipe commentary and opinions are mine.

Hunk of Meat Monday: Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

Who loves ooey, gooey, cheese laden food? This girl.  And my children. Which is why they loved this loaded buffalo and chicken dish. Maybe they love buffalo sauce because I ate an insane amount of Hooters Wings while I was pregnant. After all, hasn’t there been some kind of research done to link what you eat while pregnant to what your kids like to eat. Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

Obviously, it involves a few of my favorite things… bacon, cheese, buffalo sauce. Let’s start with the bacon.

frying baconReserve the bacon to the side and leave the bacon grease in the skillet. It is time to make chicken. buffalo chicken marinadeThe buffalo chicken marinade is simple…wing sauce and ranch dressing. That’s all people. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then just put in the skillet of bacon grease. Cook on each side for about five minutes and then remove from the pan, let rest for a few minutes then dice. Now the potatoes… Once again, I have to tell you, I microwave the potatoes to almost fully cook them. Who has the time to bake potatoes? And if microwaving food causes cancer, I would have been died from cancer a long time ago. I grew up in the 80’s. We microwaved everything. Because we could. And it was cool. baked ranch potatoesI microwave make the potatoes till their almost done. Dice them and toss them in ranch seasoning and butter and put in the oven on 350 to crisp up a bit. At this point I would also have the chicken cooking in the skillet. Then you just combine chicken and potatoes. Buffalo Chicken and PotatoesThen you drench in shredded colby jack cheese and that crumbled bacon from earlier. Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes with cheese and baconThen bake for 10-15 minutes on 350 degrees or until the cheese is melted and just beginning to crisp.

Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

We of course drench this all in ranch. Any remotely healthy thing about this got killed with the ranch dressing. But, it was so good.

Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes with ranchGrab the recipe now too.

Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

Loaded Buffalo Chicken and Potatoes

If you are a chicken wing lover, then this loaded buffalo chicken and potato dish will become your favorite weeknight meal.

Ingredients

  • 4 Skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breasts
  • 4 potatoes, red or brown skinned
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1/4 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup of ranch dressing
  • 2 tablespoons of ranch seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1-2 cups shredded colby jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Mix the buffalo sauce and ranch dressing together and pour over chicken. Let marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Fry four pieces of bacon, crumble and reserve for later. Keep bacon grease in skillet.
  3. Bake potatoes till they are almost baked and then cube and spread out on a jelly roll pan. Toss butter and ranch seasoning on potatoes and finish baking potatoes on 350 degrees.
  4. Cook chicken in the skillet with reserved bacon grease for 5-6 minutes on each side or chicken is done.
  5. Cube cooked chicken and combine with baked potatoes. Cover in shredded cheese and then the bacon.
  6. Bake for another 10-15 minutes on 350 degrees till cheese is completely melted.
  7. Serve with ranch dressing.
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Low-Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

I love creamy casseroles in the winter time. The problem now is for the most part they have flour in the sauce or the pasta. But, this chicken cordon bleu casserole creation can be completely flour free.

Chicken Cordon Bleu gluten free

Now, of course, the bread crumbs I put on part of it have flour, but almond meal can be substituted for the bread crumbs or completely omitted. The sauce is a creamy, cheesy sauce that doesn’t have a lick of thickener in it. Simply mix cream cheese, butter, milk or cream and parmesan cheese together for the base of the sauce.

flourless alfredo sauceNow start layering the casserole. Start with shredded or cubed cook chicken. This is about 2 cups worth or 4-5 boneless skinless chicken thighs. Followed by 1 cup shredded swiss cheese. You can use monterey jack or mozzarella also. Then layer ham. The next time I make this, I will cut up the ham. Feel free to use cubed ham or lunch meat. Just make sure you cut the lunch meat up. Followed by the incredible sauce.

chicken cordon bleu casserole layersNow, I am sure some of you notice breadcrumbs. Don’t want the carbs or can’t have the gluten, substitute almond meal. Or just leave off completely.

Low-Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu CasseroleRegardless, enjoy this comforting casserole.

Low-Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Low-Carb Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

This chicken cordon bleu casserole is full of flavor but yet low carb and even gluten free if you need it to be.

Ingredients

    Casserole Layers
  • 2 cups cooked diced or shredded chicken
  • 1 cup diced ham or sliced ham lunch meat
  • 1 cup shredded swiss, monterey jack or mozzarella cheese
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 cup milk or half and half
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Optional Topping
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

Instructions

  1. Layer the chicken in the bottom of a deep dish casserole pan.
  2. Layer shredded cheese on top of the chicken follow with the ham and then pour alfredo sauce over top of it all.
  3. To make the Alfredo sauce, mix the cream cheese, butter, milk, parmesan cheese and garlic powder together over a low heat in a small sauce pan.
  4. Stir constantly until it is all melted and just begins to bubble. Remove from heat.
  5. For added flavor and texture mix breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and butter together. Sprinkle over the alfredo sauce.
  6. Bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes or casserole is bubbling.
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Cheesy Garlic and Brown Sugar Pork Chops

The only thing that may have made these baked pork chops better is a splash of bourbon. Inspired by the garlic brown sugar chicken recipe I make, the cheesy garlic and brown sugar pork chops were delicious and easy.

cheesy brown sugar garlic pork chopsI mentioned easy. The most complicated is dicing garlic. Honestly. A few simple steps and you are on the way to pork heaven. Season each side of the pork chops with brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper with a dash of paprika and follow up with a drizzle of butter over the top of the pork chops. Use plenty of butter. Butter is a flavor conductor. It will run off and be left behind in the pan, but those pork chops will be juicy thanks to the butter.

brown sugar garlic cheese pork chopsBake the pork chops on 350 for 20-25 minutes or till the pork chops have an internal temp of 155. Then sprinkle with Colby-Jack cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes till cheese is completely melted.

brown sugar and garlic pork chopsEnjoy with your favorite barbecue sauce. Or not. I ate them plain. There is plenty of flavor, trust me. And of course, they would pair nicely with a bourbon and coke.

Cheesy Garlic and Brown Sugar Pork Chops

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 pork chops

Serving Size: 1 pork chop

Cheesy Garlic and Brown Sugar Pork Chops

A quick baked pork chop recipe that is full of flavor from the brown sugar and garlic. Adding cheese to the last five minutes of baking make these cheesy garlic and brown sugar pork chops irresistible.

Ingredients

  • 4 pork chops
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup shredded colby-jack cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rub both sides of pork chops with garlic and brown sugar. Place in square baking dish and drizzle butter over top. Sprinkle with paprika, alt and pepper.
  2. Bake on 350 for 20-25 minutes or till internal temperature is 155 degrees.
  3. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Bake for another five minutes.
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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten-Free}

I have been a little silent about some struggles I have had with a particular part of my diet. It seems when I eat grains, wheat in particular, I get really good at sprinting. Sprinting to the nearest bathroom. So, when I found these, I no longer felt bad about what I can’t have and joyous to have these to eat!

flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

No flour. None. Nadda. No almond flour. No coconut flour. No wheat flour. Peanut Butter, eggs, sugar and baking soda.

peanut butter cookie ingredients

Mix.

peanut butter cookie batterAnd then add chocolate.

semi-sweet chocolate chipsStir to combine.

flourless peanut butter cookie doughThen scoop onto a cookie sheet and flatten slightly.

cookie dough on panBake for 8 minutes on 350. The dough will not be completely done. Let rest on the pan before transferring to a cooling rack.

gluten free peanut butter chocolate chip cookiesTry to share. Or be like me and eat all two dozen in two days.

flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookiesEnjoy this Christmas season!

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten-Free}

Yield: 24 cookies

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies {Gluten-Free}

Gluten free might be the rage, but these flourless peanut butter cookies do not leave you feeling like you missed out!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Mix the peanut butter, eggs, sugars and baking soda together with a hand mixer.
  2. Stir the chocolate chips into the dough.
  3. Scoop dough onto a baking sheet and flatten slightly.
  4. Bake on 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Cookies will be slightly under cooked. Let rest on the pan before transferring to the pan.
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Buttery Three Cheese Ham Sandwiches

It is not a secret. I have a butter problem. And don’t let that be confused with margarine. Or oleo. Or butter-flavored tub of spread. I love butter.

buttering cast iron skilletLet me be honest, once you have made homemade butter you never go back. Having grown up with full access to Jersey milk from our cows, cream was always readily available. Abundant supply. Because butter is simply the result of whipping cream past the stage of whipped cream. Period. You need one ingredient to get butter. I add a little salt to butter whenever I have made it, even if just by accident.It takes the cream from about two gallons of milk to get one pound of butter.

I tend to stock up on salted butter. I have sweet butter in my fridge too. Confused? Sweet butter. Salted butter. Clarified butter. Whipped Butter. Garlic and Herb Butter. Well, that last one is a special one.

Garlic and Parsley Butter

The folks who are in the butter promotion business have a little information to help you know what kind of butter you want for your go-to sticks of choice in the kitchen.

Know Your Butter

And one of my most popular recipes exemplifies why butter is one of the most addicting things for any food lover. And then I raised the stakes by two cheeses. If one cheese was good, three cheeses on the ham sandwiches make it better.

Buttery Three Cheese Ham Sandwiches

Start with the buttery sauce. Simple ingredients go into this addicting sauce.

Buttery Three Cheese Sauce ingredientsStart by melting a stick of butter, mincing onion and garlic and stirring in Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Then it occurred to me as I stirred these ingredients together…add Parmesan.

Buttery Parmesan Cheese SauceKill the heat and add the poppy seeds. And then it is time to create the most amazing ham sliders on a package of Hawaiian Rolls. Cut the whole package in half making tops and bottoms. Place the bottoms in a foil lined 13 x 9 pan. And then begin building your sandwiches.

Buttery Three Cheese Ham SandwichesCover the sandwiches with foil and bake for 20 minutes on 350 or till sandwiches are heated through and cheese is melted and bubbly.

Buttery Three Cheese Ham SandwichesNow, run out and go buy a few pounds of butter and make some ham sandwiches. Grilled Cheese. Cookies. Mac and Cheese or just a top of some of your favorite sweet bread. Enjoy your butter and remember, dairy #FarmsMatter!

Buttery Three Cheese Ham Sandwiches

Buttery Three Cheese Ham Sandwiches

A cheesy, buttery sandwich that is a perfect match to soup on a chilly night.

Ingredients

  • 1 package of 12 Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
  • 1 onion minced or grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced or pressed
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of Dijon Mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons of Parmesan cheese
  • 3 teaspoons of poppy seeds
  • 1/2 pound shaved ham
  • 1 cup of shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 6 large slices of Swiss cheese

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in saute pan and add onion, garlic, mustard, Worcestershire sauce. mix together till onions begin to soften. Add the Parmesan cheese. Stir. Remove from heat and add poppy seeds
  2. Slice rolls as a group length wise and place the roll bottoms atop of foil lining a 13 X 9.
  3. Spread a third of the butter sauce on the roll bottoms. Then lay ham out on the top of the rolls followed by the shredded cheese and then the sliced cheese.
  4. Spread half of the remaining sauce on the inside of the roll tops and place on top of the cheese. Spread remaining sauce on top of the rolls. Cover and bake for 20 minutes on 350 degrees.
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This post is part of the 30 days series over on Prairie Farmer. Be sure to check out the five things Holly will be talking about all month long while you are there! Be sure to see all my 30 Days of #FarmsMatter posts.

This post was sponsored by the fine folks at Indiana Dairy. Opinions on butter are all mine.

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