Sausage Peppers and Onions

I had dinner at a restaurant in LA, at The Grove, when I first tasted a dish like this. My husband and I ordered it to share. One bite and we were smitten! I couldn’t wait to get into my kitchen to remake it. My husband said this skinny version was just as good as the full fat one and I completely agree!

Each dinner size portion has 293 calories, 13 grams of fat and 6 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. It’s equally fun to serve for an appetizer. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients :

6 cups yellow onions (~1½ large onions), peeled and sliced into rings

2 large bell peppers (4 cups) sliced (about ¼ inch thick), I used 1 red and 1 yellow bell pepper

1 (12-ounce) package, fully cooked reduced-fat chicken or turkey sausages (4 sausages), I used Trader Joe’s garlic herb chicken sausages, see shopping tips

Cooking spray

3 teaspoons olive oil, divided

¼ teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon dried basil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced

1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar

HOW TO MAKE
1. In a large microwave safe bowl, add the sliced onions and bell peppers. Cook on high in microwave for 8-10 minutes, until soft.

2. In the meantime, cut the 4 sausages into thin slices, about ¼ inch thick. Coat a large, nonstick pan with cooking spray. Add the sausage slices and cook until slightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir often. Remove sausages to a plate.

3. In the same pan, coat again with cooking spray. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil. Add the cooked onions and bell peppers, oregano, basil, a little salt and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, until the vegetables are soft and slightly caramelized, about 10 minutes. If the pan gets too dry, add 1 more teaspoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of water. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant and soft, 1 minute. Return the sausages to the pan. Add 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Mix everything together and continue to cook, stirring, until warmed through and well blended, about 2 minutes.

4. Arrange the sausages, peppers and onions on a platter.

5. Serve with mustard on the side and toasted bread or rolls, if desired.

Makes 4 main course servings. Each serving 1¼ cup.
Make 6-8 appetizer servings