Kats’ Kitchen

Cajun Chicken Pasta Soup January 20, 2016

Filed under: Chicken,Main Dishes,soup — stacielk @ 10:15 am
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Here is a great soup for these cold Winter days.  Go here for the original recipe.  We made the soup a bit healthier and replaced some ingredients for others we had in the house.  If you want the creamy goodness that is found in the original recipe/picture linked above, I would suggest using the heavy cream.  We used skim milk which made it a broth-based soup.

A few other changes/suggestions:

-Used the pasta we had in the house, also used less of the pasta

-Seasoned with Cajun to taste

-Used all chicken flavored broth and, again, used seasoning to get the right flavor

-And again, used milk instead of cream

Hope this warm comforting soup warms you up on this beautiful Winter day!


Grilled Sausage and Peppers May 2, 2013

Filed under: Main Dishes — stacielk @ 7:00 am
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Grilling season is upon us!  I was trying to come up with a super easy quick meal the other night and threw this together.  It worked out great and was a ‘one’ tinfoil meal!  (and easy clean up, even better!)  Here’s how I did it…

Grilled Sausage and peppers

1 onion, sliced

1 green pepper, sliced

1 red pepper, sliced

3-6 red potatoes, medium cubed

3-6 Italian/Polish sausage, cut into chunks

olive oil/spray

seasoning to taste

Overlap two pieces of tinfoil by about 2-4 inches and place a third piece of tinfoil in middle of the overlap.  Spray that third piece with olive oil or lightly drizzle with olive oil.  (Not to much oil though b/c the sausage will leave off fat and mix in with the veggies also, so I would probably suggest just using the spray)  Spread onion, peppers, potatoes and sausage over the third piece of tin foil and spray a bit more on top of the mixture.  Season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic salt, lawyers, steak seasoning or any other seasoning of your choice.  Grill on med-high for 30-45 minutes until potatoes are tender and sausage is cooked through, mixing and stirring every 7-10 minutes.  I like a bit of burnt-ness to my veggies, so I enjoyed the parts that ended up a bit darker than the others, but if you don’t like charred food, watch carefully and turn off a burner if the grill gets to hot.  Serve and enjoy!


Better than Chipotle Bowl April 18, 2013

Filed under: Salad,Side Dish — stacielk @ 7:00 am
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I love throwing a salad together at the beginning of the week for myself so I have a ready-to-go lunch at least a few times during the week.  It makes lunchtime easier and usually helps me keep my lunches healthy.  This salad is full of veggies with some beans to make it a bit more filling and a touch of flavor for it to taste good.  I ate it with a baked tortilla, broken into chip-like pieces.  Why didn’t I just eat it with tortilla chips….I guess to make it healthier!  (I threw a whole wheat tortilla in my oven at 350 for 10-20 minutes until it was crisp).  It is a super simple salad to make, nothing to it besides some chopping and mixing, try it for yourself!

Better than Chiptole Bowl

1 onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, chopped

1 Tbsp lime zest

3 Tbsp lime juice (about one lime)

1/4 tsp. sea salt

4 Roma tomatoes, chopped

1 cup orange, red, yellow bell pepper, chopped

1 jalapeno, seeded and diced

1 cup black beans

1 cup frozen corn

1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped

2  tsp. olive oil

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir well.  Allow flavors to marinate for about 2 hours then serve and enjoy!

Italian Sausage and Peppers Penne January 5, 2013

Filed under: Main Dishes — stacielk @ 7:00 am
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Happy New Year to my readers!!!  I hope everyone had nice celebrations, whether you stayed home with the family and went to bed early or went out on the town and stayed up till the wee hours of the  night (not me!!!).  Our celebration was pretty low-key.  We enjoyed a nice dinner with some friends of ours and then headed home to put the kids to bed…and then myself.  I was back up about 1 a.m. to fill my little one’s tummy and to celebrate the new year that already made its appearance. :)

On to this yummy dish I made a couple days ago.  Italian Sausage and Peppers Penne came from a cookbook called Generous Helpings.  The book came from a thrift store called Sertoma Centre, Inc.  I had peppers I needed to use up and thought this would be a great recipe to try b/c I had pretty much everything in the house.  It was pretty simple to throw together besides the bit of prepping.  I have not made too many recipes with It sausage links.  My husband likes them best grilled up on a bun.  I could pass them up easily, but was looking for something new for my family’s meals besides stuff that called for pork, chicken and hamburger.

Here is the full recipe.  It should feed about 6 people.  I made half and it made a good 3 portions.


Italian Sausage and Peppers Penne

8 oz Penne pasta

2 tsp olive oil

6-8 Italian sausage links (I used 3 for 1/2 the recipe)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 green pepper, cut into strips

1 yellow pepper, cut into strips

1 red pepper, cut into strips

14 oz diced tomatoes with basil garlic oregano (I used about 3/4ths the can and used fireroasted diced tomatoes instead)

8 oz tomato sauce

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, to sprinkle on top

Cook pasta according to package directions.  While cooking pasta, heat oil over medium heat in large skillet and add Italian sausage.  Brown sausage and cook thoroughly (this takes a while if they are thick).  Remove sausage from pan and cut into 1 inch slices.  Add onion, green, yellow and red peppers to skillet.  Cook 5-6 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally.  Stir in tomatoes, tomato sauce and sliced sausage.  Cook covered 6-8 minutes or until heated through.  Place drained pasta into the skillet and toss together.  Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.  Enjoy!

Recipe from Generous Helpings