We all know I don’t need more cookbooks. Before I purchased the Perfect One Dish Dinners cookbook I emailed the author Pam Anderson and asked her a few questions. I told her in my email that the group hubby Tom and I frequently gather with to share meals are attempting to eat healthy (well some of us are) and I wondered if the recipes in her new cookbook could be incorporated in a healthy diet. I am happy to report that she emailed me back!
You might remember that I posted about Pam Anderson’s cookbook The Perfect Recipe For Losing Weight and Eating Great and that she herself lost 50 pounds. In her email she told me that the recipes in her new cookbook Perfect One Dish Dinners are the ones she uses when she entertains. Several of the recipes call for using ground turkey and you can substitute lower fat versions of ingredients where desired. Her favorite artichoke dip recipe which is included in her latest cookbook uses low fat ingredients. That was all the encouragement I needed to take the gift card hubby Tom gave me and go to the book store yesterday.
From there I went straight to the grocery store to get the ingredients for Cassoulet Style Italian Sausages and White Beans. This took just a few minutes to assemble in my large roasting pan. I went with lower fat hot Italian Turkey sausage and sweet mild Italian turkey sausages. Chunks of onion, garlic and little tomatoes are drizzled with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, thyme, bay leaves and a generous sprinkling of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pop this into a hot 425 degree oven on the lowest rack so that sausage will brown.
After about 45 minutes the tomatoes have broken down and combined with the other ingredients to create a flavorful sauce. Canned beans are added and the cassoulet bakes another 10 minutes.
Remove the bay leaves, ladle into soup plates or bistro style bowls and serve with crusty bread and a green salad. We loved this dish! Such simple common ingredients turn into an amazing, flavorful hearty dinner. The flavor of the thyme blends nicely with the Italian sausage and the beans pick up the flavor of the garlic and onion infused sauce that has thickened from the tomatoes as they roasted. This easily feeds 8 and even if you only have four for dinner make the full recipe. The leftovers taste even better warmed up the next day. I love dishes like this! Tom asked me to put this recipe in our regular rotation, Katy loved it too! This cook is smiling.
All of the recipes in this cookbook look simple and Pam includes ideas and recipes for easy appetizers, side dishes, desserts and quicker store bought alternatives if you are really short on time. It is entertaining made easy with out sacrificing taste. Who doesn’t need that? I spent some time last night marking recipes I want to try. This cook book is going to be so much fun!
Cassoulet-Style Italian Sausages and White Bean
Stored in the refrigerator and warmed on the stove top or in the microwave, this dish means instant dinner later in the week.
- 2½ pounds sweet Italian sausage links
- 3 pints cherry tomatoes
- 1 medium-large onion, cut into 1½-inch chunkss
- 4 large garlic cloves, sliced
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1½ tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 3 bay leaves
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 3 cans (about 16 ounces each) white beans, undrained
Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 425 degrees.
Mix sausages, tomatoes, onion, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, thyme, bay leaves, and a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper in a large heavy roasting pan. Set pan in oven and roast until sausages are brown and tomatoes have reduced to a thick sauce, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven, stir in beans, and continue to cook until casserole has heated through, about 10 minutes longer. Serve.
Yield: 10 servings Servings Size: 1 sausage link and bean mixture.
Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 430 Calories; 15g Fat (31.4% calories from fat); 33g Protein; 42g Carbohydrate; 11g Dietary Fiber; 73mg Cholesterol; 810mg Sodium.
Old WWP 9/ New WWPP 11
Updated 3/26/11 To reflect 10 servings (could easily get 12 if you use 12 sausage links) This makes a huge pan full.
Adapted from Perfect One Dish Dinners by Pamela Anderson
Edited to add Hot 100 Challenge Update Week 14
HOT 100 CHALLENGE UPDATE WEEK 14
MY HOT 100 CHALLENGE GOALS
1. Work out with weights 2 times a week concentrating on upper arms.
2. Eat 2 fish meals a week with a focus on getting Omega 3′s.
3. Take vitamins and supplements every day as recommended by my doctor.
1. One work out. Better than last week!
2. Two salmon meals!
3. Another week of hit and miss! Things are just a bit crazy around here with lots of extra bodies in the house, coming and going and my routine is completely out of whack!
All in all the challenge was good for me. It helped change some things that needed changed. I did get tired of reporting about the same goals week after week. Not sure I would do another long challenge like this again. Thanks to Steve for putting the challenge together and a big thanks to all who stopped by my blog to cheer me on!
It has been quite a week. We lost a beloved distant relative. Hazel was the mother of hubby Tom’s sister in law. She lived well into her 80′s, was a sweet, caring woman and we shared a love for baking! I just baked one of her special recipes last week that we dubbed as “Hazel bars.”
As the circle of life goes we also celebrated the birth of a great nephew born last night! Mother and son are doing well. And so it goes.
Add Your Thoughts
Do you make New Years Resolutions?
I don’t. I do have goals to work on but that is a constant on going thing with me.