Whoever said you cannot eat healthy and incorporate sausages in too? Well, look at this quick one pan or one-pot meal, packed with veggies and goodness.
Yes, I agree, there are good quality sausages and not so good ones and since I have touched this sausages quality subject, let me tell you what I think. Well…, for me a sausage is made from a good cut of meat and herbs, nothing else. No breadcrumbs or other filling stuff.
I grew up eating the real stuff so it’s hard to accept that a sausage should or can contain anything else. That’s what I’m allowed calling a proper sausage a healthy sausage. My parents are still making these homemade sausages, especially at Christmas time, that are absolutely to die for.
This time, for this one pan delicious rice and quinoa recipe I had these really nice German sausages which we bought on the way back from holidays.
I love Holidays….
Oh absolutely yes, yes, holidays are so, so special … something we always look forward to charging our batteries and for me it’s also the time of cleaning the fridge, make it look as new, just like a newly delivered appliance .
I have a real fixation with leaving the fridge opened and house nice and clean so when I come back it’s a nice clean place. Coming back from holidays it’s always the time I could easily throw a tantrum due to the holiday blues. These feelings do kick in and sometimes kick in harder than others. Having a messy, smelly house with rotten food in the fridge would be my worst nightmare. Oh, can you imagine that?
This summer we went on this long holiday where we drove 4002 miles, yes, you read it ok, it’s the right figure. 4002 miles ( 6440 km) it’s a lot of driving but we’ve seen soo much and have been in soo many places, it’s incredible. We loved it! Driving holiday it’s not a novelty for us, we did it a few times before but probably never that many miles.
Danube Delta …
Our destination this time was Romania where we managed to get to the seaside for a few days and also went to the Danube Delta where we really wanted to get to for quite some time. Reasons? It is just a beautiful place that anyone should see in their life and yes, the pelicans….I really wanted to go and see the pelicans and we were lucky enough to get a glimpse of two of these most amazing birds.
Sadly, I did not manage to get any great pictures but managed to get a few shots of these beautiful and so unique birds enjoying the last days in the Romanian Delta before migrating.
I am not an ornithologist in the slightest but I might become one after this experience ;-).
We were lucky enough to get a glimpse of quite a few birds, like gulls, spoonbills, eagles, hawks, coots, shelducks, a few great egrets and a smaller version of those, swans, a few great cormorants, managed to even spot a superb Egyptian vulture, waw and that was huge! There were quite a few white storks, cranes and sand martins. I am sure I have missed a few but that is all I can remember.
For me was mission completed by seeing the 2 great white pelicans. The highlight of my trip – I wanted to see those all my life -probably saw them as a kid but I do not remember. I’m just fascinated by these huge gorgeous birds – I am sure you gathered this by now ;-).
Apparently the Danube Delta is home to the largest colony of great white pelicans in Europe, not bad!!
More facts about Danube Delta
We were very pleased to learn that although not the biggest Delta in Europe, Danube Delta is 4152 sq km and despite being over 6000 years old is the best-preserved one.
So, so beautiful!
All those birds, all that water, all the forests – Amazing! Truly a gorgeous place.
The food…waw, I have to say a few words about the food we have had there in Tulcea in a restaurant by the waters – we’ve had catfish and starry sturgeon – locally called Pastruga, very much a Black Sea speciality. I probably should not be soo proud of eating that since it is a species that is on the endangered list. It was absolutely amazing, what can I say. All cooked to perfection in the most simplistic way – grilled with some grilled local and seasonal vegetables, oh soo tasty.
Holiday chores habits…
I was just saying that I have fairly pernickety habits when leaving for a longer holiday so anything lengthier than 10 days will mean that both fridge and freezer will undergo complete emptying, get cleaned and will be left with the doors widely opened.
While I am still on holiday I organise a delivery for the very next morning we arrive (Ocado or Abel rock – they are both my life saviours) with a superbly nice n’ fresh produce.
To go even further on my habits, not only the fridge has to be left in good order but the whole house has to look really speak and span before heading out for holiday.
I’d hate my existence to have to come back to a totally messy and a smelly place. It’s enough to have to deal with holiday blues, unpacking, tonnes of laundry needs doing (wash, dry, pile, iron and put away) all so overwhelming so, coming back to an immaculate place that just needs dusting does my brain good and makes me feel great and hyper-happy. Trivial as it might look at first, I know, for me it’s paramount.
It’s almost the same with clearing and cleaning my house after any party even if that means I’d have to stay until 4 AM. Crazy? OCD? Not sure what you would call it and which version applies but it’s no better feeling than finding my house nice and spotless tidy, when waking up in the morning – I cannot even imagine otherwise. I’m very and super lucky that hubby gets involved too. Bless! Not sure what I would do without him
Getting back to this meal, this is the type of meal we would almost always have when coming back from holiday or any busy day really. It’s quick and so delicious.
This time on the way back home from our holiday, we did a little shopping as our cooling box was almost empty so needed some stuff in it to make it worthwhile. We stopped in Austria and then Germany and bought a few bits like these yummy sausages which we could not wait to devour the next day for lunch.
Sooooooo here it is this quick n’ yummy recipe folks, let’s just get it on the plates fast, shall we?! Yum, yum!
One-pan curried wild rice, red quinoa with sausage and Cavolo Nero
This one-pan recipe is a delicious meal, it contains sausages, Cavolo Nero and a deliciously curried wild rice and quinoa. Really delicious 😉Print Pin Rate
- chopping board
- 500 g Wild Rice and quinoa mixed I used a ready cooked pack
- 10 small sausages or 6 regular size *
- 200 g broccolini tender stems
- 1 large red onion
- 3 cloves garlic crushed and chopped
- 2 small red peppers
- 8 baby courgettes/zucchini or use 2 regular sized zucchini
- 8 leaves Cavolo Nero or kale
- 1 pinch Salt
- 1/3 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp curry powder as hot or mild as you wish
- 1/2 lemon juice ( or 3 tbsp)
- 1 pinch black pepper freshly ground
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Place the chopped onion in a deeper pan or a skillet with one tbsp olive oil. Cook on medium fire for 1 minute.
- Add the sausages and cook covered for 3-6 min depending on the sausage size.
- Add the cumin and the curry powders, give it all a good mix and then bring on and add all the chopped veggies- the peppers, broccoli stems, Cavolo Nero courgettes (I’ve cut into halves lengthways). Cook for 5 min covered and stir a couple of times.
- Add the cooked rice and quinoa, stir and cook for an extra 4 minutes.
- Season to taste, drizzle the lemon juice and serve while hot.
* This recipe realistically is for two adults and two children but if you are making it for 4 adults I suggest use three to four little sausages or two regular ones per person. Ultimately of course use as many sausages as you would like to have depending on how hungry you really are, this was just an indication. I’d go for more veggies rather than sausages but hey, I’ll leave it up to you to decide. *I have used ready cooked rice and quinoa mix but of course many times I just use leftover or cook it all from fresh - it really depends on what I have and mood I am in.
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Calories: 741kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 60g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 1388mg | Potassium: 781mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 4398IU | Vitamin C: 131mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 4mg