Crockpot Sausage, Green Beans & Red Potatoes

It’s December. I’m 8+ months pregnant. Needless to say, dinner has not been especially fancy fare these days! This is one of those recipes that’s just super easy… Dump everything in your crockpot and boom- 8 hours later, you have dinner with minimal effort. Plus it’s warm and yummy… Perfect for a cold day playing outside!
Ingredients:

  • 1 lb smoked sausage, kielbasa, Polish sausage (whatever you have or can find is fine!), cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 2 cans of green beans, drained
  • Small bag of red potatoes, cleaned and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1-1.5 cups chicken broth

Directions:

Seriously, this is so easy I should be embarrassed. Toss your chopped sausage and potatoes into the pot, then add green beans. Sprinkle the seasoned salt on top.  

 

Pour in the chicken broth…  

 
Give it a stir, put the lid on, and set on low for 8-10 hours. Devour with some crusty bread!  Makes about 4 servings. 

 Recipe from Moms with Crockpots

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Sausage and Butternut Squash Chili

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Pinterest wins again! In an attempt to branch out from my usual red chili-green chili-chicken chili trifecta, I researched a few new chili recipes on the ubiquitous site and found this one intriguing. Sausage and… Squash? Ok. Sure. Goat cheese?! Practically a guaranteed yes in my book. Plus, it’s ready in 30 minutes! We know I like quick and simple. It’s even relatively healthy. Mark took one bite of this and said nothing else but “Mmmmm” until the bowl was empty. I thought the hot Italian sausage brought a nice kick this would have otherwise been missing, but perhaps we’ll give it a try with the original recipe’s suggestion of sweet. And fresh sage next time 😉

Ingredients:
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1 lb Italian sausage (we used hot; recipe called for sweet. Use what you like!)
1 tsp sage
1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
12 oz butternut squash, puréed
1 cup chunky chipotle salsa
1 1/2 cups vegetable broth (personal preference; you can just use water if you don’t have the broth on hand.)
1-1.5 oz goat cheese

Directions:
In a large saucepan, cook sausage and sage together, breaking sausage up into small pieces. Cook sausage until no longer pink.
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Drain excess fat (if any, mine was pretty lean), leaving sausage in the pan. Add the beans, squash purée, salsa, and broth to the pan and stir until completely combined.
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Heat over high heat, stirring frequently, until a boil is reached.
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Now reduce your heat and let simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes, or long enough for the chili to thicken. Like this!
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Scoop a good portion into a bowl and top with crumbled goat cheese. Mmmm indeed.
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Recipe slightly adapted from A Family Feast