Nutritious vegetables like cabbage, potatoes and carrots team up with sausage for an all-in-one meal that saves time and clean-up hassles. Cook ahead in a crock pot or take it from start to finish in just minutes with these easy instructions.
One Pot Meals: Vegetable and Sausage Medley
Work some mealtime magic with one pot meals that satisfy appetites without requiring much prep work or cooking time.
Easy One-Pot Meals
One-pot meals that can be assembled, cooked and served in mere minutes can be a life-saver on those days when you are rushing to get from soccer practice to school meetings or you just don’t have the energy to create a gourmet meal. You can serve your hungry family a delicious meal in about 15 to 20 minutes with this simple to prepare cabbage and sausage dinner.
Vegetable Sausage Medley
Prep time 10 min - Total time 20 min
Ingredients for 4 servings
1 (14-ounce package) beef brats • 1 head cabbage • 1/2 cup green pepper • 3 large potatoes • 1 large onion • 1/2 (16-ounce package) baby carrots • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can of chicken broth (low sodium) or 1 cup homemade broth • One teaspoon A. Vogel Herbamare or any herbal seasoning of your choice • 1/4 teaspoon ground savory
Prep the Vegetables
Cut the cabbage into quarters and then cut the quarters into half. Next, cut the green pepper into chunks (about two inches) and the baby carrots in half. Peel the potatoes and cut into large chunks (about two inches). Peel the onion, slice into thick slices, and separate the slices into rings.
Put It in the Pot!
Layer the vegetables in the bottom of a large Dutch oven, starting with the chunks of cabbage and ending with the onion slices. Sprinkle the seasonings over the vegetables and arrange the beef brats on top. Pour the chicken broth over the mixture and bring it to a boil.
Cook & Serve
If you are pressed for time, cook on high heat for ten minutes. Watch the pot and stir the mixture occasionally. Test the potatoes and carrots for tenderness at the end of the ten minutes. If you like a little crunch and firmness in your veggies, ten minutes is usually enough to cook them, but if you like them softer, you may need to add an extra five minutes of cooking time. If time is not critical, reduce the heat to low and cook for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are fork tender.
Serve with crusty bread and olive oil for dipping and some colorful relishes on the side such as crunchy sweet and sour pickles or beets. Cut or tear the bread into chunks and pour a small pool of olive oil on a plate. Add a sprinkling of Italian seasoning and grated Parmesan cheese and let everyone dip to his or her heart’s content!
Customizing Your One-Pot Meal
For a change of pace, try serving this meal in a pot with crusty chunks of homemade cornbread and fruit salad.
You can substitute ham steaks, ham slices, turkey sausage, or kielbasa for the beer brats if you prefer. For winter one-pot meals you may want to use in season root vegetables like turnips, rutabagas or parsnips to add a different flavor and save some money, but this is a very economical meal to prepare as is. If you want to make a meatless Monday or vegetarian meal, simply omit the meat. This is a very forgiving recipe that tastes great no matter what you add or omit or how it is cooked.
If you prefer, you can prepare it in a crock-pot or slow cooker so it can cook all day while you are at work. Cook for about six hours on HIGH.
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