Hopefully everyone is staying healthy! But just in case, last week while I was sick I experimented in the kitchen to create a delicious comfort food recipe. It's full of veggies to keep your immune system strong and has just a kick of spice to help clear your sinuses.
When I'm sick I crave starchy comfort food. Last week I couldn't stop thinking about the spicy jambalaya I had in New Orleans earlier this year. So when I saw that I had a can of tomato paste I'd only used a tablespoon of and some leftover rice from earlier in the week, I decided to see what I could come up with. This recipe uses chicken sausage (I used Aidelle's Italian style chicken sausage) but would work just as well with veggie sausage, regular chicken, tofu, or even chickpeas. The sausage I buy is precooked so it doesn't have to cook in the skillet long, if you're using raw meat I would suggesting cooking it longer or separately and then adding it already cooked to the dish.
The cayenne in this recipe is totally optional. Add as much or as little (or none) as you want.
1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1/4 cup yellow onion, diced
1 small zucchini, chopped
2 large yellow bell peppers, chopped
2 chicken sausages, chopped
1 can tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon garlic and herb powder
Cayenne pepper, to taste
2 cups cooked brown rice
2-4 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
Cook the sweet potato and onion in a skillet over medium heat. (I sprinkled the potato with cayenne just to make things exciting.) Cook for about 5 minutes until that potato cubes start to soften. Add the zucchini and peppers and cook for another 3-4 minutes. Add the sausage and cook for 8-10 minutes until sausage is browned.
While the sausage and veggies are cooking, mix the tomato paste with the water until you get a thick sauce consistency. Mix in the spices.
Add the rice and tomato sauce to the veggies and sausage. Mix well. Serve with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese on top.
Taryn is a Los Angeles based Registered Dietitian who's passionate about helping you be your healthiest you.