I had planned to finish up a project I'm working on but my house was a little messy. When my house is messy, it makes me agitated. It robs me of my sanity. So I grabbed my big book of "Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home" for some inspiration. It's my bible, I read it religiously every night. Okay, not really every night but almost. I cleaned all of the bedrooms, did all of the laundry and then some, dusted the upper living areas and vacuumed and mopped. All while singing Zippidy Do Da very loudly. Guess what happened next? Well, all day long, the sun had been hiding behind clouds and all of a sudden the sun came out and sang along with me! I know, right! Who would have thought? My typical Tuesday ended up being so very un-typical! All in all, it ended up being a very happy day indeed :)
Sweet-pepper rice with sausage
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 celery stalks, diced small
2 medium bell peppers (any color) diced small
1 small yellow onion, diced small
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 cup long-grain white rice
2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 pound spicy Italian sausage (about 4)
5 ounces baby spinach
2 teaspoons red-wine vinegar
In a medium pot, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add celery, bell peppers, and onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often until vegetables soften. 5 minutes. Stir in rice and 1 1/2 cups water; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook until rice is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove pot from heat and let stand, covered 5 minutes. Fluff rice with a fork and stir in parsley.
Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high. Add sausages and cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until sausages are cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Let rest 2 minutes before slicing crosswise.
In a medium bowl, toss spinach with vinegar and 2 teaspoon oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper; serve spinach alongside rice and sausages.
Let's see, do I have any notes for this recipe? My hubby and I found the rice to be extremely colorful but it was on the bland side. Nothing a little more salt and pepper can't take care of.
Source: Everyday Food