I’m always trying to come up with new ways to get a nutritious dinner on the table fast. If everyone in the house enjoys it, then I have a real winner. This recipes satisfies those criteria.
All of a sudden, my daughter is in a really picky eating phase. She doesn’t want to eat breakfast (she asks for donuts every single day as if that is even an option!), she does ok for lunch (see this post for what my kids typically eat for that meal), but at dinner, she picks at everything – unless it’s Family Fun Night and pizza or chicken fingers are on the menu. She actually gives this dish a thumbs up because she loves the sausage. Picky daughter eats her bowl with white rice rather than cauliflower and doesn’t want any of the sauce. This is a-okay with me though because she’s getting tons of nutrition with all those vegetables. Which brings me to another reason why I like this dish and others like it – it can satisfy a lot of different preferences:
- Regular rice or cauliflower rice
- Sauce or no sauce
- Add cheese or leave out the cheese
- Use real cream or keep it Paleo and Whole 30 with coconut milk
- Add more spice or less spice
If this recipe has too much chopping for you to get dinner on the table quickly, consider chopping all your veggies on the weekend. I’ve heard that people love the pre-chopped onions you can find in the freezer aisle. I’ve never tried them so can’t speak to that, but I do know that if you chop all your onions ahead of time, it’s kind of tricky to contain that smell. So if that’s an issue for you, give the frozen ones a try.
BUT – what I do and what I think works best is just chop one thing, add it to the pan, chop the next, add it to the pan, etc. and it goes very quickly. And of course, the more chopping you do, the faster chopper you’ll become. Dishes like this are not persnickety. Is that even a real word? You don’t have to be particular with your chopping and the timing isn’t exact. Just get it all in the pan, get everything slightly browned, make the sauce and serve it up.
I hope you and your whole gang enjoy this one!