RECIPE: Brown Rice and Turkey Kielbasa Italian Skillet

All one skillet meals are a Godsend for busy weeknights, and we have had our fair share of busy days lately as the school year is beginning to ramp up towards the end. End of year fundraisers, school tests, girl scout final badge work, it all seems to be in a race to the finish line. Dinners need to be easy, just like this one skillet kielbasa pilaf. Add instant rice and pre-cut frozen broccoli and you have a super-easy-magic meal. I like using the instant brown rice as well as using turkey smoked sausage to bring in a healthier twist. Your family won't even notice that it's healthier. Cooking the instant rice in chicken broth adds deeper flavor in a lighter way, too. 

So keep on, gerbil wheel! Dinner is covered.

Brown Rice and Turkey Kielbasa Italian Skillet


6 to 8 ounces of frozen broccoli florets, thawed 
2 cups of instant brown rice prepared according to directions with 1 3/4 cups of chicken broth 
2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese 
1 package of turkey kielbasa, sliced 1/4"-1/2" thick
3 teaspoons of minced garlic 
2 tablespoons of olive oil 
1 large red pepper, cored and thinly sliced 
1 small onion, chopped 
1/2 cup of chicken broth
1/2 cup of tomato sauce 
1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese 


In a large skillet heat the oil over medium-high heat and sauté the garlic and the onion until softened. Next, stir in the sausage and cook until beginning to brown. Then add the peppers and the broccoli. Cook until broccoli is beginning to soften, about 6-8 minutes. Then add the tomato sauce and the chicken broth and stir well.

Simmer for 10 minutes until the veggies are tender and the liquid has been absorbed. and thick next stir in the cooked rice and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and mix. 

Finally add the mozzarella cheese on top and serve warm.



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