Summer is finally here, which is beyond exciting! Summer 2020 was not what we were hoping it would be, so we missed out on a lot of fun. It was a bummer, to say the least. Summer 2021 is not in full swing just yet, but it is definitely going to be more fun and filled with more sun.
I know a lot of people who spent their time in quarantine bettering themselves mentally and physically. Now that quarantining is not a huge factor, we shouldn’t stop taking care of ourselves! We should continue to maintain our mental and physical health to the best of our ability.
That’s why I’m providing you with another delicious, simple, healthy recipe.
This dish is called Hawaiian Sausage. No, it’s not a Hawaiian dish; it’s just called that because of the vibrant Hawaiian colors from the main ingredient bell pepper. Bell peppers are high in nutrients and low in calories. They’re believed to lower blood pressure and support digestive health. One cup of chopped bell peppers contains only 30 calories and 7 grams of carbohydrates. If eaten raw, they’re crunchy, sweet, and contain 2.5 grams of fiber.
Enough about bell peppers. What ingredients do we need?
Red, yellow, and orange bell peppers (1 of each) OR
Half a bag of sweet mini peppers
Half of an onion
1 package of polish sausage (also called polska kielbasa)
1 20 oz. can of pineapple tidbits
1 teaspoon of flour
Rice (the amount is up to you, but less is better)
How do we make it?
Open your can of pineapple. Drain the juice into a cup or bowl and save for later. Pour the pineapple into a large pan.
Dice up your peppers and onion.
Slice the polish sausage into half circles.
Mix the juice from the pineapple with one teaspoon of flour to help thicken it up. Pour into the pan.
Pour the peppers and onion into the pan with the pineapple and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
While the main dish is cooking, cook your rice. I have found the best way to make fluffy rice is by using a rice cooker, but feel free to cook it however you wish.
Once your rice is done, put a small amount into a bowl, maybe half a cup. Then get a good heaping spoon full of your pepper/sausage mixture and pour it over your rice. Enjoy!
Feel free to substitute the polish sausage with any meat substitute you like. I’ve made it with several types of sausages, both vegan and pork, and it turned out great each time.
Be sure not to overfill our bowl with rice. One cup of cooked rice has 206 calories, 45 grams of carbohydrates, and is very starchy.
This is a dish I love to make. The sweet and salty from the pineapple and sausage compliment each other so well. It’s the perfect summer meal. I hope you think so, too!
By: Better Me by Dr. B
Editor: Ariel Thompson
Medical Reviewer: Dr. Tiffany Bell D.O.